Iranian president Dr. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has arrived in Islamabad to join Heads of State and Governments of Group of Eight Developing Nations (D-8) one-day summit on November 22.
Ahmadinejad is accompanied by Iran’s intelligence minister Heydar Moslehi, senior presidential adviser Mojtaba Samareh Hashemi, vice-president Hamid Baqaei and chief of staff for Ahmadinejad, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei.
The D-8 nations include Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Egypt and Malaysia.
The objectives of the organisation, which was established in 1997 to foster developmental cooperation amongst major Muslim countries include promoting trade and economic cooperation amongst its members, improving member states’ position in the global economy, diversifying and creating new opportunities for them in international trade relations, enhancing their participation in decision-making at the global level, and improving the standards of living of people living in the eight member-countries.
Attending the summit are; Presidents Asif Ali Zardari (Pakistan), Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Iran), Mohammed Morsi (Egypt), Susilo Bambang Yodhoyono (Indonesia) and Goodluck Jonathan (Nigeria) – and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Bangladesh Foreign Minister Dr. Dipo Moni.
The summit will mark the visit to Pakistan by an Egyptian president after four decades and that of a Nigerian president after 28 years. Dr. Ahmadinejad’s visit will be his first as new head of the 120-nations Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).
On the sideline of the summit, Ahmadinejad will be discussing financing of Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline within Pakistani territory with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari. They’re expected to discuss US-NATO forces in Afghanistan and the Israeli slaughter of Gaza people being carried out presently. There are also some reports claiming that Pakistan Army would be interested in Iran’s co-operation in building drones in Pakistan.
The projected D-8 countries’ share in global trade is $500 billion by the year 2018.
Pakistan is the only nuclear power among the D-8 nations while Iran has the largest economy and foreign reserves.