Political Disputes must be resolved to counter IS, says Erdogan

Turkish President Recep Tayyab Erdogan has said that political disputes must be resolved between the countries to counter IS and a resolution of joint efforts is also needed to tackle the menace of terrorism. With mutual cooperation, struggle and collective urge to fight the terrorism, then surely one day terrorism will come to an end, Erdogan said.

He was talking in Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Summit being held in Islamabad where he expressed his thoughts. Recep Tayyab Erdogan also called for early completion of reforms in ECO, strengthening of the human resources of the ECO Secretariat and an evolution of a mechanism for ownership of projects.

Turkish President also highlighted the need for greater and credible cooperation in agriculture, environment and tourism. He said that Turkey is implementing a number of big infrastructure projects that would help linking the country with neighbouring countries and regions through rail, road, sea and air links.

Economic Activities transferring from West to East, says Iranian President

Addressing the ECO Summit, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani stressed the need to further strengthen Economic Cooperation Organization. He said that with greater understanding between the heads of states and governments, the member countries would be able to take larger strides in advancing the programs and activities of the organization.

He gave the view that ECO can play a vital role in shaping the future economy of the region. Hassan Rouhani also termed the 21st Century as the “Era of Emerging Asia”, adding that economic activities are being transferred from the West to the East. He also suggested during his address that ECO countries be interconnected through highways.

PM aims to turn the region into a Model of Peace, Progress & Prosperity

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has urged for greater interaction and collaboration between members of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) with the aims to turn the region into a model of peace, progress and prosperity. Islamabad Declaration would reflect the consensus and resolve of ECO member states to collectively take on economic challenges, Premier said.

He was addressing the 13th ECO Summit 2017 after assuming its chairmanship where he further said that Pakistan believes in peaceful neighborhood and ECO member countries could achieve their targets of development with mutual cooperation.

Earlier the same day, PM Nawaz Sharif had inaugurated a key economic summit aimed at improving trade ties among ECO member countries. He called for a determined focus on key areas being identified for cooperation in the Islamabad Declaration that include trade, transport and energy related projects.

Nawaz Sharif was of the view that meaningful trade in the region cannot take place without better cooperation and understand on transport, infrastructure and connectivity among the member states. The time has come for ECO to take constructive and productive steps for the practical execution of theme of the summit that is “Connectivity for Regional Prosperity”, he added.

He said that the theme of summit has got special relevance, as countries of the bloc are already making large investments in connectivity projects. He observed that ECO region is a vast geographical expanse that is home to 16 percent of the world’s population and Central Asia has emerged as a Trans-Eurasia land bridge and Oil and Gas pipelines are linking our markets with the rest of the world.

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