H.E. Mr. Michael Von Ungern-Sternberg, the German Ambassador in Tehran paid a formal visit to the ECO Secretariat on 15 May 2014 and was received by the ECO Secretary General, H.E. Ambassador Shamil Aleskerov. At the beginning of the meeting, the ECO Secretary General briefed the Ambassador about ECO activities and performance as one of the largest regional blocs in the world. He also informed Ambassador Ungern-Sternberg on the latest developments as regard the ECO-EU project on "drugs trafficking from/to Afghanistan", which is now being implemented through partnership with international partners. He further appreciated the role played by German GIZ as the technical coordinator of this project. ECO Secretary General also informed the Ambassador about the potential areas where new partnerships may be considered with a view to assisting ECO Member States and the Region as a whole.
German Ambassador in Tehran also presented a brief introduction on his government activities and interests in the Region and supported any effort to upgrade ECO-EU cooperation. He also highlighted the importance of regional ownership for the envisaged partnerships with outside world and expressed hope that individual members of the European Union, including Germany, consider ECO comparative advantage for their activities within the Region.
Two sides agreed to continue bilateral contacts with a view to preparing the ground for enhanced cooperation.