Thursday, May 02, 2013

International Relations: Iran, Turkey underline key role of D8 in Muslim world

Source: IRNA

Ankara, May 1, IRNA – Iran's Ali-Mohammad Mousavi who was recently elected as D8 Secretary General and Mustafa Kamalak, leader of Turkish Felicity Party on Wednesday underlined the key role of D8 in promoting economic, industrial and trade ties among Islamic countries.

During the meeting held in Ankara, Mousavi said that he is trying to further activate D8 and is adopting new strategies for this grouping.

Kamalak for his part stressed the need for the Muslim world to get united and said D8 can play a key role in this regard.

He called for new members to join D8 to strengthen internal structure of the grouping.

Indonesia, Iran, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Turkey, Malaysia, Egypt and Nigeria comprise member states of D8.

Mousavi was Iran's former ambassador to Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) who was elected as D8 secretary general for a two-year term.

D8's permanent base is in Istanbul.

D8 or the group of eight developing Muslim countries seeks to establish economic ties among developing Muslim countries, bolster their presence on international markets and encourage talks with industrial countries.

As an extra-regional treaty, D8 covers a vast area from eastern Asia to western Africa.