News ID: 254097
Published: 0241 GMT June 11, 2019

Iranian FM, ESCAP chief discuss regional, global issues

Iranian FM, ESCAP chief discuss regional, global issues

Visiting Executive Secretary of Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana and Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif discussed the latest regional and international developments in a meeting on Tuesday.

The meeting was held on the sidelines of the first Asia Pacific Innovation Forum (APIF) which is underway in Tehran, IRNA reported.

In the meeting, both sides discussed ongoing bilateral, regional and international developments along with mutual interests. 

Tehran plays host to 70 foreign participants from countries and international organizations around the globe.

Iranian officials described the event as a golden opportunity for introducing the country’s potential on technology and innovation to the world, as well as establishing new cooperation links with the international community.

In an op-ed article, Alisjahbana lauded Iran’s “means and will” for investment in environmental protection plans on the road to sustainable development, warning against ignoring environmental costs of economic growth in many parts of Asia and the Pacific.

She emphasized that Iran has the means and the will to achieve a balanced sustainable development by protecting the environment.

The UN official also referred to Asia and the Pacific as the world’s most disaster-prone region with the most pressing need for an integrated and multilateral response to natural disasters.

The Indonesian professor of economics was appointed ESCAP’s executive secretary in September 2018.



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