ICYF-DC Delegation meets with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of Iran
TEHRAN. 11 December 2014.
On the sideline of the 1st International Conference on World Against Violence and Extremism (WAVE) the ICYF-DC delegation headed by Amb. Elshad Iskandarov, the President of ICYF-DC and comprising of Mr. Yasser Salimi, Vice-president and Mr. Elmaddin Mehdiyev, Chief de Cabinet was received by H.E. Dr. Mohammad Javad Zarif, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI).
During the meeting ICYF-DC President underlying importance of international initiatives to counter violent movements stressed timeliness of the WAVE initiative by President Rouhani approved by the UN General Assembly resolution. He further informed Iran’s Foreign Minister on ICYF-DC projects in this area which is among the priorities of the recently adopted “10 Goals in 10 Years” Istanbul Youth Declaration. Dr. Zarif has referred to the idea of President Rouhani of focusing on youth and educational aspects in implementing the WAVE strategy and underlined the important role of ICYF-DC in this regard as the OIC youth policies coordination institution. The parties have agreed to hold further discussion on fostering youth initiatives in this area as well as in other areas aimed at strengthening solidarity among youth of the OIC countries.
In the framework of the visit to Tehran the ICYF-DC delegation met with H.E. Mahmoud Goudarzi, the Minister of Youth Affairs and Sports of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI). During the high-level meeting held in the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports of the IRI the parties discussed the possible ways of advancing the further cooperation and close participation of Iranian youth in the ICYF-DC activities. Minister Goudarzi informed Amb. Iskandarov on the current situation of youth of Iran and stressed that 36% of the Iranian population are youth. “10 Goals in 10 Years” Istanbul Youth Declaration adopted by the ICYF-DC 2nd General Assembly (October 2014) was presented by the ICYF-DC President and the parties agreed to cooperate on implementation of the relevant goals of the said document. During the meeting Iranian Minister expressed intention of his country to host OIC Youth Capital nomination for 2016. The parties agreed on renewing the MOU between two institutions with inclusion of specific areas of cooperation and joint projects.