Tajikistan to Participate in ‘Heart of Asia’ Conference in India

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Foreign Minister of Tajikistan, Sirodjidin Aslov received here on Tuesday the India's Ambassador to Tajikistan Somnath Gosh and Afghan Ambassador to Tajikistan Abdul Ghafour Arzu.

According to the Tajik MFA information department, during the meeting, they reportedly conveyed to Aslov a joint invitation letter by the Foreign Minister of India and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. Foreign Minister of Tajikistan is invited to participate in the 7th Heart of Asia Ministerial Meeting that will take place in Amritsar of India on December 4, 2016.

The interlocutors exchanged views on the conference's agenda, ways to expand regional cooperation to provide peace, stability and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan.

They also discussed a number of regional and international issues being of mutual interest.

According to the Express Tribune News Agency, Foreign ministers from 14-member countries, including Russia, China and Turkey, are expected to attend the daylong conference meant to discuss the current Afghan situation and possible initiatives the immediate and extended neighbours of Afghanistan could undertake to restore long-term peace and stability in the war-torn country.

Senior officials from 17 supporting countries, including the United States, will also participate in the meeting to be jointly presided over by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established in 2011 at the initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey. Its main objective is to foster efforts for regional cooperation and connectivity with a view to promoting long-term peace and stability as well as progress and development in Afghanistan, and the region.

Source: National information agency of Tajikistan