Iran urges enhanced ties among Asians
Iran: Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi has called on
the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) to bolster cultural cooperation with
the objective of influencing global culture. "The Asia Cooperation
Dialogue should play a constructive and effective role in improving
capabilities of member states and resolving international problems and
challenges," said Rahimi in an inaugural speech to the first ACD Senior
Officials Meeting on Cultural Cooperation.
He stressed the importance of increasing interaction among Asian
countries and added, "As a non-political body, the ACD enjoys great
potential to promote the position of Asian countries and their influence
on international culture." The Iranian vice president noted that Asia is
the "center of human culture and the cradle of ancient civilizations"
but has had little impact on international relations.
The first two-day Senior Officials Meeting on Cultural Cooperation of
the Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) officially opened in the Iranian
capital city of Tehran on Monday.
The Asia Cooperation Dialogue (ACD) was created in 2002 in an attempt
to promote Asian cooperation at a continental level and to help
integrate separate regional cooperation organizations such as the
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the South Asian
Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) and the [Persian] Gulf
Cooperation Council ([P]GCC). Tuesday, Presstv