Monday, May 18, 2009

Iran summit with Afghan, Pakistan presidents postponed

Iran’s foreign ministry said on Monday that a planned summit to be hosted by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahamadinejad with his Afghanistan and Pakistan counterparts has been postponed.

The summit, scheduled for Tuesday, was put off due to the busy programme of President Asif Ali Zardari, foreign ministry spokesman Hassan Ghashghavi told reporters. He did not give any new date for the summit, but said it will be fixed after ìco-ordinationî with the offices of the two other presidents.

The Tuesday meeting had been expected to discuss the rebuilding of war-shattered Afghanistan. The three leaders met less than three months ago in Tehran for a regional economic summit, along with leaders of other neighbouring states. That summit pledged to help rebuild Afghanistan, and also the Gaza Strip after Israel’s devastating offensive at the turn of the year.

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