“Heart of Asia” Conference members hail efforts for Afghan peace

“Heart of Asia” Conference members hail efforts for Afghan peace

The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process 9th Ministerial Conference member nations said they support the ongoing efforts for the peace process and the continuation of the negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban.

“Long-term stability and prosperity in the region require peace and security in Afghanistan, and therefore the region, as well as the international community, has a shared responsibility and common interest to work together for promoting peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region as a whole,” said a declaration signed after a Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process meeting of foreign ministers held in Dushanbe , capital of Tajikistan.

It welcomed the diplomatic efforts by all countries, including the ongoing negotiations in Doha, the Moscow Troika plus meeting, and preparations for a high-level meeting in Turkey.

It urged the international community to continue to assist host countries in taking care of the essential needs of Afghan refugees and to provide support to the repatriation and reintegration efforts by the Afghan government.

Strengthening regional security, economic and political cooperation with Afghanistan – these topics made the agenda of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference, which took place on March 29-30 in Dushanbe.

The conference was attended by the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, the President of Tajikistan, Foreign Ministers and representatives of the participating member nations and donor states, as well as the heads of 16 regional and international organizations.