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ECO ministerial meeting delayed

ECO ministerial meeting delayed

May 02, 2011 - 18:12

KABULinfo-icon(PANinfo-icon): A three-day ministerial meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO), which was scheduled to begin in Kabul on Monday, has been postponed, an official said.

The meeting, which was aimed at developing consensus on several agreements, had to be delayed to pressing engagements of ministers from some member states, a commerce ministry official said.

Commerce ministers from all member countries would be able to attend the event, now rescheduled for May 31-June 2, Muzamil Shinwari hoped, while speaking to Pajhwok Afghan.

Agenda for the ministerial meeting had already been firmed up, said Commerce Minister Dr. Anwarul Haq Ahadi, who added the participants would ratify agreements reached at a lower level. The agreements include one on greater transit and trade links.

Established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistaninfo-icon and Turkey to promote economic, technical and cultural cooperation, ECO was expanded in 1992 to include seven new members -- Afghanistaninfo-icon, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.



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