India’s external affairs minister S Jaishankar is likely to present India’s views on Afghan peace process. This may come at a crucial meet on Afghanistan hosted by Tajikistan.
Jaishankar is in Dushanbe at the invitation of his Tajikistan’s Sirojiddin Muhriddin.
Just before the ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, Jaishankar held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. He also shared India’s perspectives on the Afghan peace process.
Heart Of Asia is a regional initiative by Afghanistan and Turkey. It was launched in November 2011. HoA remains one of the rare forums focused on Afghanistan that includes India and Pakistan too.
The other 15 countries in the initiative are China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Central Asian states such as Tajikistan and Kazakhstan.
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India has always made concerted efforts to strengthen regional connectivity. Furthermore, it believes in the greater economic integration of Afghanistan with the rest of the region.
A dedicated air freight corridor between India and Afghanistan and Chabahar port aims at integrating the region. Afghan peace process remains one of the most discussed and debated topics the world over.
India’s engagement in regional and international stakeholders on Afghanistan manifests its vision. And Jaishankar’s visit will further enhance the country’s outreach to Central Asian states, with a special focus on Afghanistan, the external ministry further said.
Moreover, Jaishankar will hold talks with his Tajik counterpart. The talks are likely to focus on bilateral ties and regional and international issues.
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