India to host Heart of Asia conference in 2016

One of the 14 member countries of Istanbul Process, India has volunteered to host the sixth meeting next year.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | Islamabad | Published: December 9, 2015 1:59 am
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India will host the next Heart of Asia conference in 2016, top sources have told The Indian Express. The official announcement will be made Wednesday.

One of the 14 member countries of Istanbul Process, India has volunteered to host the sixth meeting next year. This will be one of the main outcomes of this Heart of Asia conference — from India’s perspective — which will come out with the Islamabad Declaration Wednesday. “It was important for the External Affairs Minister to come to Islamabad for this reason too, since we are hosting the next Heart of Asia conference,” a source said.

An Indian negotiator said there will be tough language on terrorism, which will aim at denying sanctuaries for terrorists, crackdown on terror funding and related issues at the conference. “It is interesting to see Pakistan talking about denying sanctuaries to terrorists,” an Indian official said.

Shortly after arrival here, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said, “The Heart of Asia conference is very important for India because it is associated with Afghanistan… Since it is happening in Pakistan, it is necessary and appropriate for me to meet PM Nawaz Sharif and hold talks with my counterpart Sartaj Aziz on improving bilateral ties,” Swaraj said.

Earlier in the day, Aziz, Pakistan PM’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, said his country would support all efforts to strengthen peace and security in Afghanistan. He was addressing officials before the Ministerial Heart of Asia Conference, jointly hosted by Pakistan and Afghanistan. He said the meet is an effective platform to promote economic cooperation and connectivity, with Afghanistan at its centre. Since its launch in 2011, the forum has made good progress towards realisation of its objective to promote durable peace and stability in the war-torn nation, he said.

He said confidence-building measures identified in Istanbul Process document are leading to enhanced regional cooperation of Heart of Asia countries with Afghanistan in areas like economy and counter-terrorism.

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    gul khan
    Dec 10, 2015 at 8:50 am
    India should be given access to Pak-Afgan Transit Trade with following provisions: 1. Indian Intelligence will not help and train ISIS, Taliban and Rebels and terrorists. 2. Indian Army will not fire at LOC, which results in killing of innocent lives. 3. India'll allow stani goods in Indian Markets. 4. India'll allow stani TV channels in India, like we've allowed Indian channels and movies. 5. India'll not oppress Kashmiris and 'll stop State Terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. 6. India'll start dialogue process on Indian Occupied Kashmir, Siachin, Sir Creek and etc. 7. India'll start demilitarizing Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. 8. India'll ban terrorists organizations like RSS, VHP, BD etc. 9. India'll stop oppressing and killing minorities including Indian Muslims, ts and Christians. 10. India'll put to trial all those extremist Hindu terrorists/Hindutva, involved in killing innocent minority people. 11. India'll take proper measures to stop extremist Hinduism and Hindu terrorists. If India agrees upon above conditions than it should be allowed to trade with Afghanistan and Central Asian Countries via roads of stan, otherwise they may use Iranian Chah-e-Bahar Port. Thanks. Note: Please don't show your parent's character by using abusive comments.