Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) has started in Doha, Capital of Qatar on Wednesday, with the attendance of Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Iran Press/Middle East: The meeting is part of the ongoing efforts to promote partnerships aimed at achieving integrated economic growth through sustainable strategies in line with the vision of the Asian Cooperation Dialogue Forum 2030.

Secretary-General of Qatar Foreign ministry, Ahmad Al-Hammadi stressed Qatar's full support for the proposals of the member states on encouraging cooperation in the six main goals of the development plan, which includes energy, fighting poverty, agriculture, transportation, technology, environment, tourism and others, Iran Press reported.

Al-Hammadi also referred to a forum that will be held to discuss small and medium-sized enterprises with the goal of encouraging businessmen and decision-makers to open new investment horizons in various fields with other countries.

He expressed confidence that the 16th session of the ACD will be successful and will make recommendations that will enhance Asian cooperation.

On the sidelines of the ministerial meeting, a new agreement with six Asian universities will be signed as part of efforts to support Asian educational companies at all levels.

The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) started in June 2002, as Foreign Ministers from the original 18 member countries initiated an informal non-institutional forum to enhance cooperation within Asia. One focus of the ACD member economies, which has grown to 28, is on finance.

The idea of an Asia Cooperation Dialogue was raised at the First International Conference of Asian Political Parties (held in Manila between 17–20 September 2000).101/202


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