President Ahmadinejad to attend CICA summit

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will attend the third Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) summit in Istanbul, Turkey, June 7-9, 2010.

Leaders of several Central Asian countries will convene in Istanbul for the CICA that will be chaired by Turkish President Abdullah Gul.

Turkey will take over the term presidency of CICA from Kazakhstan, which still continues to head the organization.

President Ahmadinejad to attend CICA summit

President Ahmadinejad to attend CICA summit

CICA was established under an initiative by Kazakh President Nazarbayev in 1992.

Nazarbayev offered the next term presidency to Turkey in a letter to Turkey President Abdullah Gul, and Turkish and Kazakh authorities worked together to enable high-level cooperation on both the presidency handover and the summit.

Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, Kyrgyz interim leader Roza Otunbayeva, Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, Macedonian President Gjorge Ivanov and European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton are expected to attend, as well as high-level US representatives.

The prime ministers of Oman, China, Cambodia and Jordan have also been invited to come to Istanbul.

CICA currently has 20 member states. Azerbaijan, Iran, Afghanistan, China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Pakistan, Palestine, South Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan are among the bloc’s members.

Vietnam is soon expected to join as the 21st member.

The agenda of the meeting in Turkey is expected to cover discussions over nuclear weapons.