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Kabul (BNA) Pakistan has said it will take part in the Heart of Asia conference on Afghanistan to be held in India despite tension and periodic exchange of fire across the Line of Control (LoC).FLag of Afghanistan
Pakistan’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz confirmed that Pakistan will participate in the Heart of Asia conference. “Pakistan will attend the Heart of Asia conference,” he told media the other day. However, it was not clear the level of participation by Pakistan. The key ministerial meeting of the conference – also called the Istanbul process – is scheduled to take place in Amritsar on December 4. Pakistan’s move aims to offset efforts by the Indian government to isolate the country following the Uri terror attack.
Last year in December the meeting of the Istanbul process was hosted by Pakistan. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had attended the meeting. It is also not known if there would be any formal interaction between Pakistani and Indian officials. Pakistan’s participation was doubtful due to the ongoing tension with India. India had recently boycotted the summit of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) that was scheduled to be held in Islamabad.

 

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