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Iran's President Planning to Visit China to Attend CICA Summit

Politics - Iran's President Hassan Rouhani plans to visit China in mid-May to participate in the 4th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

During the summit, President Rouhani is scheduled to take part in separate meetings with a number of heads of state of other countries, including Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The CICA is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation among nations to promote peace, security and stability in Asia. It is a forum based on the recognition that there is close link between peace, security and stability in Asia and in the rest of the world.

The idea of convening the CICA was first proposed by Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev on 5 October 1992, at the 47th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The proposal for convening the CICA was welcomed by a number of Asian States. During the past seven years, a series of meetings were held among the interested countries to discuss modalities of convening the CICA and draft basic documents. The first meeting of the CICA Ministers of Foreign Affairs was held in 14 September 1999 with participation of 15 Member States.

The Declaration on Principles Guiding Relations between CICA Member States was adopted at this meeting. The first CICA summit was held on 4 June 2002 with participation of 16 Member States, during which Almaty Act, the charter of the CICA, was adopted.

At the second meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs in 2004, CICA Catalogue of Confidence Building Measures and CICA Rules of Procedures were adopted. At the second CICA Summit in 2006, it was decided to admit Thailand and Republic of Korea as new members and to establish a permanent secretariat. At the third meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs in 2008, Jordan and the UAE were admitted as new members. At the third CICA Summit in 2010, Turkey assumed Chairmanship of CICA from the founding Chairman Kazakhstan.

The third Summit also admitted Iraq and Vietnam as new members and adopted the CICA Convention. Bahrain and Cambodia joined CICA during 2011 taking membership to 24
 

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