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Aziz confirms participation in Heart of Asia Conference

Aziz confirms participation in Heart of Asia Conference

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Nov 24, 2016 - 12:22

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): Despite border skirmishes and political tensions, Pakistaninfo-icon has confirmed its participation in the Heart of Asia Conference, scheduled to be held next month in India.

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said Pakistan did not want to stay disconnected from Afghanistaninfo-icon. The event was focused on the war-torn country, whose situation also affected Pakistan, he said.

Aziz lashed out at India for weakening the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation by staying away from a scheduled conference of the forum in Islamabad.

In New Delhi, foreign ministry spokesman Vikas Swarup also verified Aziz would take part in the Heart of Asia Istanbul Process on December 3 and 4 in Amritsar. The conference may be addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Ashraf Ghani.

Following a cross-border attack on an Indian Air Force base in January, relations between the nuclear-capable sub-continental rivals have plummeted to a new low. In recent weeks, several clashes have occurred on the Line of Control.

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