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Heart of Asia senior officials say security key to Afghanistan’s prosperity

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Heart of Asia senior officials say security key to Afghanistan’s prosperity

Senior Officials of the members and supporters of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul process met on Monday in Islamabad to confer on and assess Afghanistan’s security situation and the Heart of Asia region.

The participants agreed that peace, security and stability are essential for socio-economic development and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region and will have a direct impact on major economic projects like China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

Pakistan’s advisor to Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz stressed on the need for reconciliation in Afghanistan in order to achieve regional connectivity.

“Afghanistan holds immense significance for us, not only because we share a common border or ethnic affinity, but also because together we can usher in a new era of regional connectivity and regional cooperation in line with the vision of transformation decade enunciated by President Ashraf Ghani,” he said.

This was the first senior officials meeting of the Heart of Asia participating countries. It was co-chaired by Foreign Secretary of Pakistan Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry and Deputy Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai.

The participants conferred on Afghanistan’s peace and reconciliation process and role of the region in this process. Regional projects like CASA-1000, TAPI gas pipeline and CPEC were also discussed.

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