D-8 leaders vow stronger economic alliance


The Developing Eight (D-8) Summit concluded on Thursday with the signing of the landmark charter by foreign ministers of the eight participating member-states.
The leaders of the Muslim countries witnessed the inking of the D-8 Charter at the end of the daylong summit aimed at forging stronger economic alliance amongst the member states. The foreign ministers of the participating countries – Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey – signed the document that promises a dynamic roadmap to boost their trade to an ambitious $500 billion by 2018.
The signing ceremony at the President’s House was witnessed by Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, Iranian President Mahmood Ahmadinejad, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Egyptian Deputy President Mahmoud Makki, Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Bangladeshi Adviser to Prime Minister for International Affairs Professor Gowher Rizvi. The D-8 group was established in 1997 on an initiative of Turkey to promote development cooperation among group members.


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