No Top Afghan Representation at ECO Summit in Pakistan

Posted March 02, 2017

In a statement, he said Afghan president had the opportunity to discuss bilateral issues with the Pakistani leadership during the visit.

The conflict between the two South Caucasus countries began in 1988 when Armenia made territorial claims against Azerbaijan.

The advisor said there is need to increase the membership, scope and activities of ECO Trade and Development Bank as well as ECO Re-Insurance Company.

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The leaders adopted the Islamabad Declaration and the ECO Vision 2025 at the 13th summit of the ECO, highlighting the group's "pragmatic and tangible organizational targets", reports Xinhua news agency.

Prime Minister Sharif said it was the active participation by the members manifested their desire and commitment to transform the ECO into a vibrant regional bloc.

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He also identified the priority areas for ECO to help realize the dream of transforming the organisation into a strong economic block. He hoped that the member states would continue to work in harmony for the continued prosperity of the people of the region. Till the filing of the report, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Sharipovitch Jeenbekov had reached Islamabad. Being a founding ECO member, Pakistan was committed to the ECO objectives, he said.

Over the weekend, Pakistan's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj said that Pakistan and Afghanistan were negotiating a joint mechanism for dealing with concerns over terrorism.

On Tuesday, several ministers from ECO member states gathered in Islamabad for preparatory meetings. He said ECO countries have friendly ties with China in terms of cultural linkages, proximity, and old China Silk Road.

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