ECO Summit 2017 News
ISLAMABAD: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani Tuesday was accorded
a very warm welcome on his arrival here to participate in the 13th
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) summit’s meeting.
Federal Minister Abdul Qadir Baloch received the visiting dignitary
at the Nur Khan Air Base.
The Iranian foreign minister, ambassadors of Pakistan and Iran and
senior officials were also present. The Iranian president was presented
a 21-gun-salute on his arrival.
A red carpet was rolled out for President Rouhani, while a smartly t
urned-out contingent of Pakistan Armed Forces presented a guard
of honour to the Iranian president.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is also likely to reach the
federal capital today.
Top leaders from Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan,
Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and
Uzbekistan are attending the summit.
In a meeting yesterday, Senior Official Meeting deliberated, inter alia,
on issues such as the work plan of ECO, reports and recommendations
emanating from sectoral meetings, follow up of the implementation of
decision of the previous Ministerial meetings as well as preparation
for 22nd COM and the 13th Summit.
The Agenda for the 22nd ECO Council of Ministers Meeting (COM),
to be held on 28 February, 2017, was also finalized.
The Secretary General of the ECO presented a report containing activities
of the ECO since the 12th Summit of the Organization in the Republic of Azerbaijan.
The SOM approved the ECO Vision 2025 and decided to place
it before the Council of Ministers meeting to be held on 28 February 2017.
The Vision document outlines tangible goals for the Organization in
various areas of cooperation including trade and transit in medium term.
The SOM agreed on text of Islamabad Declaration and recommended
its approval by the COM.
Islamabad Declaration 2017 contains the salient points of cooperation
among the members of ECO in the fields of connectivity, trade, transport, energy etc.
The Senior Officials appreciated the initiatives being pursued by the
Organization in various sectors. The participants also exchanged views
on the ongoing activities and projects and future program of action in various key areas.