NUSA DUA, Bali (AP): Senior officials from the D-8 group of developing countries wrapped up two days of talks on Wednesday on laying the groundwork for a summit this weekend. The summit was expected to focus on ways to enhance trade, build cooperation in finance, poverty alleviation, debt reduction and development of alternative energy sources, said Mochamad Slamet Hidayat, head of Indonesia's delegation.
The summit is to be attended by leaders from eight Muslim nations, including Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whose country is embroiled in a standoff over its nuclear program and suspicions it might be developing weapon technology. It was not clear whether that issue would be raised, though Hidayat said the leaders would agree to develop alternative energy, including nuclear energy, "to cope with the oil crisis currently faced by the member countries."
Indonesia reiterated its support of Iran's controversial uranium enrichment program, but also suggested that Tehran comply with an International Atomic Energy Agency resolution to suspend the program to ease growing tension, a senior official said Wednesday. "Indonesia fully support Iran's right to develop nuclear for peaceful purposes, just like Indonesia has the same right," said foreign ministry official Hasan Kleib. The summit is to be attended by the heads of state or senior delegations from Bangladesh, Egypt, Iran, Malaysia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Turkey and host Indonesia. The D-8 was established in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1997.The Jakarta Post Last Mod: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16