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News number: 9107118534

17:38 | 2012-11-12

Foriegn Policy

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Turkish Communications Minister Due in Tehran Tonight

TEHRAN (FNA)- Turkish Minister of Transport, Seafaring and Communications Binali Yildirim will arrive in Tehran Monday night to take part in the first meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) communication and information technology ministers.



During his stay in Tehran, Yildirim is also due to attend meetings with senior Iranian officials, including Road and Urbanization Minister Ali Nikzad on the sidelines of the conference.

A 10-member Turkish delegation comprising telecommunications and transportation experts arrived in Tehran yesterday.

The first meeting of ECO states' communication and information technology ministers is held at two experts and ministerial levels. The ministerial meeting is slated for November 13.

ECO is a regional grouping of 10 countries, including Turkey, Republic of Azerbaijan, Islamic Republic of Iran, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan.

The ECO is an intergovernmental organization involving seven Asian and three Eurasian nations, part of the South-central Asian Union. It provides a platform to discuss ways to improve development and promote trade, and investment opportunities. The ECO is an ad hoc organization under the United Nations Charter (Chap. VIII). The common objective is to establish a single market for goods and services, much like the European Union. ECO's secretariat and cultural department are located in Tehran, its economic bureau is in Turkey and its scientific bureau is situated in Pakistan. The organization's population is 416,046,863 and the area is 8,620,697 km². The organization was founded by Turkey, Iran and Pakistan.