Iran urges ECO to remove trade barriers among members

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has called on the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) to remove the obstacles to trade exchanges among its member states.

Speaking on Tuesday in a meeting with Khusrav Noziri, the Secretary General of the ECO, Raisi described identifying and removing obstacles and problems to increase the level of relations and cooperation between member countries, and said, “Any kind of obstacles and problems in the development of cooperation must be removed so that exchanges and economic relations between ECO member countries can be carried out at a higher and superior level”.

Raisi pointed out, “Each member of ECO has a lot of economic potential in various fields, the activation of which can lead to economic prosperity in the region”.

Referring to the capacities of ECO member countries in the fields of energy, trade, transport, digital economy, maritime economy and tourism, the president stated, “Comprehensive plans and actions of the ECO Secretariat to activate these capacities can boost the region’s economic prosperity and bring about the development and prosperity of ECO member countries”.

Emphasizing that the Islamic Republic of Iran supports the activation and development of ECO activities, Raisi added, “Tehran attaches special importance to regional cooperation in the framework of the Economic Cooperation Organisation and supports such activities”.

During the meeting, Noziri also presented a report on the plans made for the ECO Summit in Turkmenistan.

The 15th ECO Summit will be hosted by Turkmenistan in Ashgabat on December 28, 2010.

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