ACD meeting chaired by Zarif held in New York
New York, Multilateral Meeting of Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) chaired by Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was held in New York on Thursday.
The meeting was also attended by the foreign ministers of Qatar, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Thailand and a number of other countries' deputy ministers.
Stressing the need for multilateralism, Zarif hoped that the meeting will lead to boosting cooperation among the member states.
The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) is an inter-governmental organization created on 18 June 2002 to promote Asian cooperation at a continental level and to help integrate separate regional organizations such as ASEAN, SAARC, the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council, and the Eurasian Economic Union.
The main objectives of the ACD are to:
1 - Promote interdependence among Asian countries in all areas of cooperation by identifying Asia's common strengths and opportunities which will help reduce poverty and improve the quality of life for Asian people whilst developing a knowledge-based society within Asia and enhancing community and people empowerment;
2 - Expand the trade and financial market within Asia and increase the bargaining power of Asian countries in lieu of competition and, in turn, enhance Asia's economic competitiveness in the global market;
3 - Serve as the missing link in Asian cooperation by building upon Asia's potentials and strengths through supplementing and complementing existing cooperative frameworks so as to become a viable partner for other regions;
4 - Ultimately transform the Asian continent into an Asian Community, capable of interacting with the rest of the world on a more equal footing and contributing more positively towards mutual peace and prosperity.
Source: Islamic Republic News Agency - IRNA