9th HoA-IP Ministerial Conference
Staff Reporter Islamabad
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi will lead the Pakistan delegation at the 9th Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) Ministerial Conference, being held on Tuesday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
According to the Foreign Office, the theme of the Conference is “Strengthening Consensus for Peace and Development.” The meeting will be preceded by Senior Officials Meeting today (Monday).
The foreign minister will deliver a statement highlighting Pakistan s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and its support for Afghanistan s development and connectivity within the regional framework.
On the side-lines of the Conference, Qureshi will hold consultations with key regional and international partners.
During his visit to Dushanbe, he will have bilateral engagement with the Tajik leadership.
Besides holding talks with Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Foreign Minister Qureshi will have interaction with other Tajik dignitaries and review the entire gamut of bilateral relations.
FM Qureshi s visit to Tajikistan will help deepen bilateral cooperation in diverse fields and reinforce the growing partnership between the two brotherly countries.
The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, initiated in 2011, is an important platform to promote peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan through regional cooperation, confidence-building measures, and dialogue.
Pakistan attaches high importance to this Process and has been a regular contributor to the advancement of its objectives.
Pakistan is the lead country for Disaster Management and Agriculture Development CBMs under the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process. Pakistan highly values its close fraternal ties with countries in Central Asia.
Pakistan s relations with Tajikistan are firmly rooted in common faith, shared history, and geographic proximity.
There is a mutual interest in developing close cooperative ties in all areas.
Pakistan hopes that the return of peace and stability in Afghanistan would further strengthen its historic links with Central Asia, including Tajikistan.