President calls for stronger ties with D-8 countries
TEHRAN – Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has pointed out that the D-8 Economic Cooperation Organization (D-8) has great potential to develop trade and transit goods, which have been neglected.
Raisi made the remarks during a meeting on Monday with D-8 Secretary General Isiaka Abdulqadir Imam, who is visiting Tehran.
Raisi went on to say that Iran is ready to share its technological know-how with D-8 member states, citing Iran’s scientific advancements through knowledge-based businesses.
Recognizing the importance of increasing trade among the D-8 countries, President Raisi stressed that members should strive to increase trade among themselves while exercising their capabilities.
The President went on to say that the United States does not want developing countries to develop and likes to see them dependent in order to retain its dominance in any way possible.
Iran, according to Abdulqadir Imam, is an active member of the organization, with two prominent D-8 institutes located in Tehran and Hamedan.
D-8 includes Bangladesh, Egypt, Indonesia, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister for Economic Diplomacy Mehdi Safari also spoke with the D-8 chief on Monday. During the meeting, Safari said that multilateral economic organizations such as D-8 are important for the economic diplomacy of the Islamic Republic. Safari also said Iran was ready to achieve the group’s common goals.