Zarif embarks for Dushanbe to attend ECO ministerial meeting
TEHRAN — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif left Tehran for Tajikistan on Monday to take part in the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) 23rd meeting of Council of Ministers (COM) in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe the next day, IRNA reported.
The 22nd Council of Ministers meeting was held in Islamabad on February, 28, 2017.
ECO is an intergovernmental economic organization, created in 1985 by Turkey, Iran and Pakistan. Since 1992, the activity of the organization has intensified with joining of Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
COM is the highest policy and decisionmaking body of ECO. It comprises the ministers of foreign affairs of the member states who meet in regular, informal and extraordinary sessions. The Council of Ministers may, if deemed necessary, propose the convening of meetings of other ministers in the formulation of plans and projects in their respective fields through sectoral or joint ministerial meetings.