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Khatami: Warmongering is against int`l security

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Tehran, Jan 27, IRNA -- President Mohammad Khatami here Tuesday said 
expansion of violence and warmongering stemmed from unilateralism 
has endangered peace and security in the world, particularly in the 
Mideast region. 
Addressing the inaugural ceremony of the first meeting of industry
ministers of member countries of the Economic Cooperation Organization
(ECO), Khatami said peace and security are pre-requisites for 
sustained development. 
In turn, achieving all-out development in international arenas, 
which would entail all countries and regions specially the 
less-developed nations, would pave the grounds for cementing peace 
and international security, Khatami said. 
He stressed the need for solidarity and organized cooperation 
among ECO member states to reach sustainable peace and security and 
said, world economic bodies, particularly the regional organizations, 
know they can take valuable strides for progress and development 
through exchange of information and experience. 
Khatami highlighted the importance of ECO in economic cooperation 
among regional states and urged the organization to improve economic 
and social status of member states through promotion of regulations 
based on international standards, sustained development and in 
compliance with regional environmental situation, measures to 
transfer modern technologies, support for small- and medium-sized 
enterprises and expansion of infrastructural networks. 
Pointing to the importance of utilization of extensive experiences
of world bodies by ECO, the president added the organization should 
materialize proper economic growth and sustained development through 
using modern technologies and international standards. 
He noted that the ECO region has the capacity to become an 
important economic hub to play an appropriate role in the world 
economy and international trade regarding its 350-million strong 
population and immense natural resources. 
The president expressed determination of Iran`s government to 
promote current standards, saying the Islamic Republic of Iran has 
implemented several projects for economic development and creation of 
job opportunities during recent years. 
Iran is ready to cooperate and offer technical services and 
training to all regional states due to its experiences, scientific 
potentials, technical know-how and research and academic institutions.
Khatami welcomed cooperation of all ECO member states for economic
development and promotion of the level of welfare of the peoples in 
the region. 
The first meeting of industry ministers of member countries of the
Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) kicked off here Tuesday in 
presence of President Mohammad Khatami. 
The two-day meeting will focus on issues relating to enhancement 
of industrial cooperation in the ECO region. 
Ministers from the ten ECO member states namely Iran, Afghanistan,
Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, 
Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will discuss issues related to industrial 
promotion of the ECO member states. 
The Tehran meeting will adopt a Plan of Action for Industrial 
Cooperation in the ECO region comprising various cooperation 
modalities in such areas as improving investment climate, private 
sector development and privatization, small- and medium-sized 
enterprises, technology transfer and human resources development. 

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