Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani says the establishment of an inter-parliamentary forum in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) will promote regional solidarity. Larijani made the remarks on Monday at Tehran's Mehrabad Airport prior to his departure for the Pakistani capital Islamabad, where he is scheduled to attend a conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of Economic Cooperation Organization (PAECO). The Iranian Majlis speaker said that during his visit he would hold talks with his counterparts from other ECO member states on the recent developments in the region.
Hailing Iran’s cooperation with ECO member countries, Larijani said, “Currently, there are ample capacities for cooperation among ECO member states in the technical field and the areas of technology, economy and politics.”The first PAECO conference, to be presided by the Speaker of Pakistan’s National Assembly Fahmida Mirza, will open on Monday and will run until February 12. During the event, the representatives of the ECO member countries are scheduled to deliver speeches on the role of parliaments in overseeing the promotion of regional trade and investment to ensure sustainable social and economic development in the region. ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey for the purpose of promoting economic, technical, and cultural cooperation among member states. The organization was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members, namely Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. YH/HMV/HJL