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Heart of Asia conference to be attended by EAM

Alok Parekh

Heart of Asia conference to be held in Tajikistan

On Tuesday, March 30, the External Affairs Minister of India, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, is expected to attend the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference in the capital city of Tajikistan. The Minister has made a three-day visit to Tajikistan and throughout his visit, he would focus on a much stronger and better regional and international consensus for maintaining peace in Afghanistan. The ‘Heart of Asia’ conference that is to be held during his three-day visit will be the ninth conference of Ministers.

The counterparts of S. Jaishankar, from Afghanistan and Tajikistan, had jointly invited him to attend the conference. Being a joint initiative of the Republic of Afghanistan and the Republic of Turkey, the ‘Heart of Asia’ conference had commenced initially in 2011 during a conference that was held by Turkey, in Istanbul.
The Ministry of External Affairs released a statement which mentioned that the External Affairs Minister would schedule and conduct simultaneous meetings with his counterparts from other countries that will be participating in the conference.
On Monday, March 29, S. Jaishankar uploaded a tweet on his official Twitter handle wherein he stated. “Honour to call on President @ashrafghani before the commencement of @HeartofAsia_IP Conference. Shared our perspectives on the peace process."

On Monday, March 29, the minister also conducted a meeting with the President of Afghanistan, Afghan Ghani, to carry out discussions regarding the Afghan Peace process. In addition to this, in the previous week, the foreign minister of Afghanistan, Haneef Atmar, visited our country and met with National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and the EAM S. Jaishankar. Besides, another statement released by the MEA confirmed that the two nations have already spoken about the Troika Peace Meeting that was held in Moscow. The statement further mentioned that the final outcome of the meeting was positive, and steps would be taken for strengthening and advancing the peace process.

 

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