Iran uses every opportunity to strengthen convergence among the members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian said, describing the organization as a successful model for regional and economic interaction.


Addressing a ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of expansion of the intergovernmental Economic Cooperation Organization, held in Tehran on Sunday, Amirabdollahian said Iran attaches great significance to further expansion of its economic cooperation with Asian partners.


“Deepening and expanding economic cooperation with neighbors, the regional countries, and Asian countries is among the priorities of the Iranian government’s diplomacy,” he said.


“Multilateral and regional organizations such as ECO enjoy an important role in (the implementation of) this strategy,” the foreign minister stressed, Press TV reported.


Iran seizes upon whatever opportunity it can to “reinforce convergence” within the organization, he noted.

“Fortunately, there is consensus among all of ECO’s member states about the organization’s active and passive capacities for economic cooperation and convergence,” Amirabdollahian noted, calling the capacities “commendable, remarkable, and effective.”


The Tehran-headquartered ECO was established by the Islamic Republic, Pakistan, and Turkey in 1985.

The main purpose of the organization is to promote economic, technical, and cultural cooperation among the member states.


Amirabdollahian noted that the member countries’ economies performed synergistically concerning energy resources, skillful workforce, transportation networks, and food security as well as technological and innovative collaboration.


“This, together with common cultural, religious, and civilizational roots,” he added, “has led to an increasingly brighter outlook for cooperation” among the organization’s constituents.


SOURCE: Tasnim