Ghani set to open Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad
The two-day Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is scheduled to begin tomorrow (Tuesday). Ghani and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who met in Paris last week, will jointly open the important meeting.
Addressing a cabinet meeting in Kabul, Chief Executive Officer Dr. Abdullah announced the presidential trip, ending weeks of suspense over whether or not Ghani will attend the event.
Senior officials would accompany the president to the Pakistani capital for participating in the moot on the problems facing Afghanistan and the region at large, Abdullah added.
Meanwhile, a government official confided to Pajhwok Afghan News 1st Vice-President Gen. Abdul Rashid Dostum, Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani and ministers of finance, commerce and refugee affairs would be part of the visiting delegation.
Ahead of the announcement, a security team arrived in Islamabad from Kabul on Sunday to prepare the ground for Ghani’s visit. The 11-member delegation met Pakistani officials at the Foreign Office.
US Special Envoy Richard Olson, after a meeting with Ghani in Kabul on Sunday, called the ministerial gathering a good opportunity for Afghanistan and Pakistan to overcome bilateral tensions.
A source in Peshawar, meanwhile, said China and other friendly countries had urged Ghani to visit Pakistan in the interest of easing acrimony between the neighbours.
“We hope the trip will help remove misunderstandings between Kabul and Islamabad on the one hand and pave the ground for the early resumption of the Afghan reconciliation process on the other,” one diplomat remarked.
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