5th ‘Heart of Asia Conference’ began in Islamabad, Pakistan

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What : 5th ‘Heart of Asia Conference’
Where : Islamabad, Pakistan
When : 09th December 2015

5th ‘Heart of Asia Conference’ began in Islamabad, Pakistan on 09th December 2015. Prime Ministers of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani jointly inaugurated the conference.

Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will formally inaugurate the conference tomorrow.

The high-ranking delegations from 14 participating states, 17 supporting countries and 12 global and regional organisations are participating in the two-day conference, according to the Foreign Office.

He warmly welcomed all the guests, participating in the conference and appreciated the process of Heart of Asia Conference.

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj is in Islamabad to attend the Afghanistan-related conference which aims to promote peace and stability in Afghanistan and strengthening regional economic cooperation and connectivity.

The fifth ministerial conference is expected to adopt an “Islamabad Declaration” underlining the commitment of “Heart of Asia” countries – and their partners – to promoting regional peace, security and economic development.

Karzai called for a united and collective approach to counter the menace of terrorism and violent extremism at the meeting. He said the activities of terror outfits including Daesh or ISIS once again reminds of the gravity of the problem and demands a collective approach to tackle this worldwide phenomenon.

“Afghanistan is determined to continue fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations”, he said, adding a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of the region. Foreign Secretaries Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhury and S. Jaishankar also attended the meeting held in pursuant of brief talks between Nawaz Sharif and Narendra Modi on the sideline of Paris Climate Change Summit.

Talking about the situation in Afghanistan that has become instable due to the recent violence by the Taliban, Aziz said that Pakistan wants durable peace and stability in Afghanistan.

A regional conference hosted by Pakistan with focus on Afghanistan started on Tuesday where External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will represent India at the ministerial-level meeting on Wednesday. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani confirmed on Monday that he would also travel to Pakistan for The Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad, in a sign of fresh efforts to reduce tension between the two neighbouring countries. They also favoured economic cooperation and regional connectivity.