Iran demands regional cooperation against extremism
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has called for concerted efforts by all regional countries to uproot terrorism and extremism.
Extremism threatens all regional states and its eradication requires regional as well as trans-regional cooperation, Zarif said late on Wednesday upon arrival at the Vnukovo International Airport in the Russian capital, Moscow, to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs meeting and the High-level Conference “Security and Stability in the SCO Region.”
He described ministerial SCO event as an opportunity for top diplomats from regional countries to exchange viewpoints on current developments, noting that he is scheduled to hold bilateral and trilateral talks with his counterparts from the SCO member states – including China, Russia, and Tajikistan – on the sidelines of the organization’s summit.
Zarif said the talks will center around the threats being posed by extremism in the region, latest developments about Iran’s nuclear talks with the P5+1, the ongoing developments in Yemen, Syria, Iraq, and the ISIL militant group, as well as common areas of interest.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, SCO Secretary-General Dmitry Mezentsev and Director of the SCO Regional Counter-Terrorism Structure Executive Committee Zhang Xinfeng will address the SCO meeting.
The SCO is a Eurasian political, economic and military organization founded in 2001. It comprises China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan as its full members.
Afghanistan, India, Iran, Pakistan and Mongolia currently have observer state statuses. Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka are dialogue partners.
Russia holds the rotating presidency of the SCO in 2015.