0727 GMT September 23, 2019
“Despite the territorial defeat of Daesh and other terrorist groups and the destruction of their self-proclaimed caliphate, extensive networks of extremist groups, especially Daesh in West, South and Central Asia, represent the most serious threat to the ECO region. We need to synergize and forge a common regional strategy to halt the spread of their ideology of hate and cut their financial resources,” Zarif said at the 23rd Meeting of the ECO Council of Foreign Ministers in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe.
Zarif referred to ECO as a “unique multilateral platform” to mobilize “individual resources to meet collective objectives and confront common transnational calamities.”
“We can together establish a strong ECO region. Each ECO member state enjoys various resources and potentials. We can synergize to unleash huge energy for robust, inclusive and sustainable regional development.”
The top diplomat said Iran has “allocated substantial resources in the form of development assistance and are determined to promote South–South cooperation within the ECO framework.”
He urged ECO member states to allocate extra-budgetary financial resources to help achieve common goals through a well-formulated scheme.
“With the ECO Vision as our agenda for the coming years, we expect to achieve by 2025 increased intra-regional trade and a bigger slice of global trade, facilitating commercial environment and flourishing tourism industry, better connectivity, improved energy cooperation, healthy environment and smooth visa regimes. On this path, it is imperative for all of us to employ our resources to help enhance institutional and operational capacities of the organization to enable it to respond in a timely and effective manner to the needs and aspirations of member states.”
Tasnim contributed to this story.