ISLAMABAD: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Chaudhry will lead the Pakistan’s delegation to the senior officials meeting of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process in New Delhi on April 26.
A Foreign Office statement on Monday said Pakistan had continued to play an active role in the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process.
“Pakistan looks forward to active participation in the forthcoming Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia process reflecting our commitment to efforts for promoting long term peace
and stability in Afghanistan,” the statement added.
Pakistan delegation will hold bilateral meetings with other leading delegations attending the meeting.
Newspaper The Hindu claimed that Aizaz will meet Indian Foreign Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on the sidelines of the conference.
The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process was established in 2011 as a platform to discuss regional issues including security, economic cooperation and connectivity among Afghanistan, its neighbours and regional countries with a view to promote lasting
peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistan hosted the fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on December 9 last year.
The Conference adopted a forward-looking Islamabad Declaration titled ‘Emphasizing Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Regional Connectivity’. – APP