No Top Afghan Representation at ECO Summit in Pakistan

In 1992, the organization expanded to include seven new members, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has appreciated the Iran's role in strengthening ECO as founder member state.

The continuing occupation of Azerbaijani lands by Armenia slows the economic development in the South Caucasus region and creates obstacles for effective cooperation between countries of the region, said Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

He also condemned the growing Islmophobia and made it clear that Islam is a religion of peace and it should not be linked with terrorism.

"The ECO region is rich in resources and capabilities". According to Rouhani, the 21st century will be known for Asia's economic takeoff.

Earlier, Kishor Mahbubani a public policy expert from Singapore predicted in his book "The Great Convergence: The logic of one world" that the West is losing all the economic activities and the eastern world is progressing swiftly.

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A number of bilateral meetings with high-ranking officials of various countries attending the summit will also be held.

He emphasized Pakistan's commitments to achieve the ECO objectives, as envisioned in the ECO Charter.

He said the member states would collectively endeavour to build and promote connectivity in multiple domains.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is planned to take part in the COM and grant its periodical chairmanship to Pakistan's Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

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.

"The vision, along with its associated plans for action, is expected to drive us toward further regional integration and cohesion".

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  • Megan Austin