India’s foreign minister to attend Heart of Asia conference in Tajikistan

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NEW DELHI, March 30 (Xinhua) — Indian Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will attend the 9th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process ministerial conference on Tuesday in Dushanbe, th capital of Tajikistan, officials said

Jaishankar arrived in Dushanbe on Monday on a three-day visit.

“External affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be participating in the 9th ministerial conference of Heart of Asia -Istanbul Process on Afghanistan today in Dushanbe,” Indian foreign ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said.

Ahead of the conference, Jaishankar called on Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday and said they shared their perspectives on the peace process during the meeting.

Meanwhile, the highly-anticipated meeting between Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers has not been scheduled so far.

Ahead of leaving for the conference, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi was quoted by a local daily as saying “no meeting has been finalised or requested” between the two.

The two countries last month agreed to uphold the 2003 cease-fire agreement and recently held a meeting on Indus water sharing after a gap of two years.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was founded in 2011 in Istanbul, Turkey, to provide a platform for regional cooperation by placing Afghanistan at its center, in recognition of the fact that a secure and stable Afghansitan is vital to the prosperity of the Heart of Asian region.

Organisers say the conference represents the collective will of the participating countries to engage in sincere, result-oriented cooperation and channelise efforts for overall improvement of the situation in Afghanistan. Enditem

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