New Delhi: Pakistan’s Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry will be leading a delegation to the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process Conference to be held in the national capital. He will also meet his Indian counterpart Subramaniam J Shankar.
 
Other important delegates from India and Pakistan are also expected to attend the conference.
 
This meeting will also be attended by secretary-level and other high-ranking officials from the US, China, Russia, Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan and many other countries. The Pak FS will also have bilateral meetings with other delegations.
 
In a statement, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said, “Pakistan looks forward to actively participate in the forthcoming meeting reflecting our commitment for promoting long term peace and stability in Afghanistan.”
 
 
Below is the press release from the Office of the Spokesperson of Pakistan’s foreign office:
 
 
Foreign Secretary to lead Pakistan delegation to Heart of Asia meeting in New Delhi
 
 
The Senior Officials Meeting of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process will be held in New Delhi on 26 April 2016. Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry will lead Pakistan delegation to this meeting.
 
Pakistan has continued to play an active role in the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, which 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 9 December 2015. The Conference adopted a forward looking Islamabad Declaration entitled “Emphasizing Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Regional Connectivity”.
 
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. Pakistan delegation will also hold bilateral meetings with other leading delegations attending the meeting.