Writer: Usman Khan Aurakzai
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi along with a Special delegation has arrived in Dushanbe to attend the 9th Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process (HoA-IP).
During his three-day visit, the Foreign Minister will lead the Pakistani delegation in the conference.
The of aim conference is to discuss :
1) Afghanistan peace process
2) connect the Middle East with Central Asia via trade routes.
3) Spreading and Creating trade zones for Geoeconomic opportunities In the region.
4) Religious and Regional Cooperation
The Foreign Minister added that the progress achieved since the beginning of the U.S Taliban Peace Agreement and the commencement of the Intra-Afghan Negotiations in Doha should be preserved and further built upon to lead the process to its logical conclusion.
He also cautioned against the role of “spoilers”, both within and outside Afghanistan, who did not wish to see a return of peace and stability in the region.
Underlining that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict, the foreign minister stressed that an inclusive, broad-based, and comprehensive political settlement was the only way forward.
Expressing concern on the high level of violence, Qureshi stressed the imperative for the Afghan parties to work for a reduction in violence, leading to the ceasefire.
The foreign Minister of PakistanTalking to the media after holding a meeting with the Turkish counterpart, foreign minister Qureshi appreciated that Turkey had always supported Pakistan on the issue of Kashmir. Remember FM is always and everywhere highlight the real concepts of the Kashmir dispute and Indian human rights illegal occupation and human rights violations to the world.
Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that Pakistan and Turkey have deep bilateral ties based on common religious and cultural values. The establishment of High-Level Strategic Cooperation Council between Pakistan and Turkey has transformed the relations between the two countries into a strategic partnership.