ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will jointly inaugurate the Fifth Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference, being hosted by Pakistan here on Wednesday (December 9, 2015).
The Conference will be preceded by Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) on Tuesday (December 8).
“We are looking forward to the participation of high-ranking delegations from 14 Participating States, 17 Supporting Countries and 12 International and Regional Organizations,” a foreign office statement issued here said.
Foreign Ministers from ten countries have confirmed participation in the Conference, the statement added.
The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process was established in 2011 at the initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey.
The main objective of the Process is to foster efforts for regional cooperation and connectivity with a view to promoting long-term peace and stability as well as progress and development in Afghanistan, and the region.
The Fifth Ministerial Conference is expected to adopt a forward looking Islamabad Declaration entitled “Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Connectivity in the Heart of Asia Region”.
The Declaration would underline commitments from the Heart of Asia countries and partners for sustained efforts towards promoting peace and security, economic development and connectivity in the region, the statement concluded.