Sartaj meets Afghan President

ISLAMABAD, Dec 4 (APP): Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz Sunday met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference being held in Indian city of Amritsar.

During their meeting, Sartaj Aziz and Afghan President discussed bilateral issues.

The Advisor has arrived India to represent Pakistan in the two-day Heart of Asia (HoA) key meet with focus on regional cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours and the efforts for durable peace in the war-ravaged country during the transition period.

Indian Prime Minister and President of Afghanistan will jointly inaugurate the ministerial conference today which is being attended by around 40 foreign ministers and dignitaries of 14 participating countries.

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The HoA initiative was launched in 2011 its members included Afghanistan, Pakistan Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates with objectives to boost economic and security cooperation.

The Heart of Asia Process initiative has the support of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Britain and the US.