Turkish, Iranian, Azerbaijani foreign ministers pass joint statement

20:22, December 23, 2010      

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The foreign ministers of Turkey, Iran and Azerbaijan met here Thursday and passed a joint statement calling for greater trilateral cooperation and an increase in minister-level trilateral meetings.

Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Acting Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi and their Azerbaijani counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov had a meeting on the sidelines of the 11th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO).

Their joint statement focused on the need to work together for regional development and combating terrorism.

Regarding regional terrorism, it called for "the peaceful resolution of the unresolved conflicts in the region based on the principle of territorial integrity."

It also advocated the development of joint cooperation to enhance shared prosperity, particularly in the areas of trade, investment, transportation, tourism and environment.

The statement also established regular consultations between the three ministers to discuss regional and global issues, particularly on the topics of counter-terrorism, organized crime and trafficking of arms and human beings.

The next trilateral meeting will be held in Iran.

Source: Xinhua
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