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Kyrgyzstan offers to broaden economic relations within ECO

16 October 2012 [17:33] - TODAY.AZ
Kyrgyzstan has offered to increase economic relations within the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

"The ECO has consequentially increased its regional trade and economic potential within the period of its operation. Specialized networks and institutions within ECO are directed toward the settlement of economic activeness issues among ECO member states," Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev stated on Tuesday at ECO summit in Baku.

In his words, establishment and diversification of transport and energy infrastructure, which are essential for cooperation within the organization, are the priority goals. This is necessary for effective regional and interregional cooperation in all cooperation fields.

Kyrgyz Foreign Minister noted that as a country with no exit to the sea, Kyrgyzstan is ready to become an active member of East West and North South transport corridors' development.

"We welcome construction of new transport corridors from China to Europe through Central Asia countries, and reconstruction of old ones. Construction of China Kyrgyzstan Uzbekistan railway as well as China Kyrgyzstan Tajikistan Afghanistan Iran Turkey highway happens to be actual and economically reasonable in this regard," Abdyldaev stated.

The summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization has today started at the Heydar Aliyev Center in Baku.

The summit is attended by President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as well as high-ranking representatives of the OIC member states.

The ECO is a regional intergovernmental economic body established in 1985 by the countries of Central Asia and the Middle East.


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