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14:15 | 2012-10-15

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Iran Proposes Asian Nations to Set up Cultural Cooperation Center

TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Legal and International Affairs Mohammad Mehdi Akhoundzadeh called for the estabilshment of a center for cultural cooperation among Asian states.



The proposal was raised by Akhoundzadeh during the opening session of an Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) ministerial meeting at Sheraton Hotel in Kuwait City on Sunday.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran, as the party in charge of the cultural work group, is ready to host the center," the diplomat said.

Kuwait is due to host a landmark heads-of-state summit of the ACD this Tuesday and Wednesday.

Iranian President Mahmoud is scheduled to pay a visit to Kuwait where he will attend the 1st summit of the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD).

The ACD was formed in June 2002 in Cha-Am, Thailand, where 18 Asian Foreign Ministers met together for the first time. The ACD is a continent-wide forum, the first of its kind in Asia. More specifically, the ACD aims to constitute the missing link in Asia by incorporating every Asian country and building an Asian Community without duplicating other organizations or creating a bloc against others.

A key principle is to consolidate Asian strengths and fortify Asia's competitiveness by maximizing the diversity and rich resources evident in Asia.