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NEW DELHIUpdated: Mar 30, 2021, 03:34 PM IST

Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar (file photo). Photograph:(Twitter)

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Tajikistan is hosting the ninth edition of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HOA-IP) summit in Dushanbe, the country's capital. Foreign ministers and delegates from about 50 countries are expected to attend the two-day summit. 

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At Heart of Asia conference, India backs regional peace process on Afghanistan under United Nations umbrella

EAM called for a "genuine ‘double peace’" in Afghanistan which is "peace within Afghanistan and peace around Afghanistan" which "requires harmonizing the interests of all, both within and around that country."

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We meet at a momentous time, not just for the people of Afghanistan but also for our wider region. The term ‘Heart of Asia’ should not be taken lightly, for what happens in Afghanistan will surely affect the larger region. So, the stakes in our discussions may be high, but its consequences are no less significant. A stable, sovereign and peaceful Afghanistan is truly the basis for peace and progress in our region. Ensuring that it is free of terrorism, violent extremism and drug and criminal syndicates is, therefore, a collective imperative.

Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar at the 9th Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe. 

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Indian External Affairs Minister, Dr S Jaishankar's statement at the 9th Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Dushanbe: 

1. For a durable peace in Afghanistan, what we need is a genuine ‘double peace’, that is, peace within Afghanistan and peace around Afghanistan. It requires harmonizing the interests of all, both within and around that country.

2. If the peace process is to be successful, then it is necessary to ensure that the negotiating parties continue to engage in good faith, with a serious commitment towards reaching a political solution.

3. Today, we are striving for a more inclusive Afghanistan that can overcome decades of conflict. But that will happen only if we stay true to principles that Heart of Asia has long embodied. Collective success may not be easy but the alternative is only collective failure.

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"The international community supports the idea that Afghanistan's achievements of the last two decades should be preserved when it comes to the peace efforts," says Afghan foreign minister Mohammed Haneef Atmar at Heart of Asia summit.


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Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process (HoA-IP)

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Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process (HoA-IP)

Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process (HoA-IP)

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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to meet Tajikistan President and Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan on the sidelines of 'Heart of Asia' conference in Dushanbe, Tajikistan today.


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Dr Jaishankar began his Heart of Asia engagements with a meeting with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. The External Affairs Minister said, the warm conversation underlined the convergences. Both leaders also discussed the bilateral cooperation including Chabahar.
Dr Jaishankar also met Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu on the sidelines of the Conference. The discussions focused on Afghanistan-related developments and on the India-Turkey bilateral relations.
During the visit, the External Affairs Minister will have discussions with his Tajik counterpart covering all aspects of the bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest. He is also scheduled to call on President of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. He is also expected to meet other Tajik Ministers and dignitaries.
After arriving in Dushanbe yesterday, Dr Jaishankar visited the Dushanbe-Chortut Highway Project site. He lauded the Good work being done by Border Roads Organisation BRO under Indian grant assistance. The 8-lane highway will decongest Dushanbe.

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Also read: Pak Foreign Minister — Meeting with Jaishankar not 'finalised or requested'

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said no meeting has been 'finalised or requested' so far with his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar on the sidelines of the 'Heart of Asia' conference on Tuesday at Tajikistan's capital Dushanbe, according to a media report on Monday.