The 2nd Meeting of the 3rd ECO Eminent Persons Group (EPG)
(Tehran, 3-4 October, 2011)
The 2nd Meeting of the 3rd ECO Eminent Persons Group (EPG) held in ECO Secretariat, Tehran from 03-04 October, 2011. The Meeting was chaired by Ambassador (R) Numan Hazar, Republic of Turkey and Associate Professor Sohrab Shahabi, the Islamic Republic of Iran acted as Vice Chairperson-cum- Rapporteur. Eminent Persons from seven ECO Member States, namely: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Turkmenistan participated in the Meeting.
The Meeting was inaugurated by H.E. Mr. M. Yahya Maroofi, the ECO Secretary General. In his inaugural remarks, he welcomed the Eminent Persons and stressed need to strive to remove shortcomings and barriers and strengthen spirit of cooperation, partnership, interaction and motivations among ECO family in order to perform our organizational commitments and duties with the view of increasing the role of ECO as an efficient instrument to secure progress and security.
H.E. Ambassador (R) Numan Hazar, Chairperson and representative of the Republic of Turkey to the EPG, in his opening remarks underlined the significance of the 3rd EPG process for enhancing dynamism, efficiency and visibility of the ECO.
The Group deliberated the following issues included in its agenda which relate to:
At the close of the Meeting, the Group expressed its gratitude to the ECO Secretariat for making excellent arrangements for the 2nd Eminent Persons Group Meeting and extending hospitality to the participants.