Iran President arrives in Islamabad to take part in ECO Summit

Pakistan'sPrime Minister's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz

He said that Pakistan's strategic location at the crossroads of the Middle East has always been prized for South Asia, Central Asia and its economic potential.

Leaders from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan attended the summit.

Muslim nations can not permit terror organizations to incriminate Muslims, Turkish Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said March 1 in an address to the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit in Islamabad. Erdogan called for greater cooperation in energy, agriculture, tourism and environment. This includes construction of the world's largest airport in Istanbul.

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has opened a key economic summit aimed at improving trade ties amid unprecedented security. He appreciated President Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan for ably steering the ECO since the 2012 summit in Baku. He said economic activities are transferring from the West to East. "Activating the ECO trade agreement is an important means for the liberalization of trade among us", Erdogan said.

Hassan Rouhani said Iran is ready to play its role in solidifying the Economic Cooperation Organization.

The Prime Minister said successful holding of the summit is a manifestation of the desire and commitment of the member states to transform ECO into a vibrant regional block. Erdoğan also met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.

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He said peace and stability is necessary in member states to promote regional connectivity.

He said we can meet the challenges of poverty and other challenges through implementing a joint strategy.

Adviser to Pakistan's Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz, speaks during an interview with Reuters in Islamabad, Pakistan July 1, 2016.

The former interior minister said terrorism is common threat to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

He said Turkey has carried out many large-scale transportation projects such as Istanbul's Marmaray, Eurasia Tunnel, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, Osman Gazi Bridge, and high-speed rail lines, which have strengthened the transportation capacity of not only Turkey but also ECO members.

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