Nov 09, 2019 12:27 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Nov 09, 2019 15:35 Asia/Tehran]

24th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization’s (ECO) Foreign Ministers, kicked off in Antalya of Turkey on Saturday.

Iran Press/Asia: “ECO remains untapped potential for economic integration and cohesion in our region. Our top agenda should be a realization of an ECO Community, where peace and stability are promoted, the well-being of our people is further improved, and our common rich values prevail,” Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said addressing the meeting. 

Notwithstanding the hardship Iranian people are experiencing in the time of blatant and cruel unilateral coercive measures and economic terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran continues its commitment to ECO and its programs and projects, Zarif said according to Iran Press.

The Council of Ministers is the highest policy and decision-making body of ECO and meets in regular, informal and extraordinary sessions.

Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan together make up the  Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Established as Regional Cooperation for Development in 1964 by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey, the organization was renamed as ECO in 1985, according to its website.

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