The Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process Senior Officials Meeting, 26 April 2016, New Delhi, India

Category: Aug 17, 03:16 PM

The fourteenth Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process was held at the Hyderabad House in New Delhi on April 26, 2016. Representatives of the participating and supporting parties attended this meeting. His Excellency Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan co-chaired the meeting along with H.E Dr. S. Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India. His Excellency General Vijay Kumar Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs of India declared the theme of this year’s Heart of Asia Process, “Addressing Challenges, Achieving Prosperity” in his inaugural speech. He added that “we in the region are aware that the situation in Afghanistan, owing to its location at the Heart of Asia, has enormous bearing on regional peace, security and economic growth”. He continued “for our stable and prosperous region, a strong, peaceful, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan is an imperative”. He touched upon the historical role of Afghanistan in regional connectivity and reaffirmed that a stable, prosperous and democratic Afghanistan will be a bridge of connectivity between East and West, Central and South Asia...

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