ISLAMABAD – The Senior Official Meeting of the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process co-chaired by Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Foreign Minister and Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, and participation of the representatives of member countries and organizations held today in Islamabad, Pakistan. Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Senior Official Meeting Holds in Islamabad.
At the outset, Mr. Karzai welcomed the participants and in part of his opening remarks he urged that, today our meeting is taking place at a critical juncture that our region faces array of daunting challenges including the growing spate of terrorism coupled with lack of potent infrastructure for socio-economic development.
While pointing out the necessity of joint struggle against terrorism, he added, In view of these challenges, we strongly believe that today, like never before regional and international circumstances require that we should redouble our collective efforts in the fight against the scourge of terrorism and extremism and their causes as well as to ensure the region with better stability and socio-economic prosperity.
In return, Mr. Sartaj Aziz said, The Heart of Asia process is a good platform for promoting regional economic cooperation and connectivity in the Heart of Asia region with inclusion of Afghanistan. This process provides opportunity for member countries to expand their result-oriented cooperation for a peaceful and stable Afghanistan, as well as take effective and efficient step towards creation of a secure and prospers region.
In the meeting, the participants also discussed on the draft declaration of the fifth ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process, which will be announced tomorrow.
The fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Heart of Asia/Istanbul Process which will be co-chaired by Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Mr. Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Foreign Affairs, is due to be officially kicked-off on Wednesday in Pakistan.