Jaishankar arrives in Tajik capital to attend key conference on
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DUSHANBE: External affairs minister S Jaishankar arrived in Tajikistan’s capital on Monday to attend a key convention on Afghanistan, the place representatives from round 50 international locations and worldwide organisations would focus on constructing regional consensus across the peace course of within the war-torn nation.
“Touchdown in Dushanbe. Look forward to my bilateral visit and attending the Heart of Asia Conference tomorrow,” Jaishankar tweeted.
The ninth Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) ministerial convention is a part of the Istanbul Process – a regional initiative on safety and cooperation for a secure and peaceable Afghanistan – that was launched on November 2, 2011 in Turkey.
“Visited the Dushanbe-Chortut Highway Project web site. Good work being completed by @BROindia underneath our grant help. The Eight-lane freeway will decongest Dushanbe,” the minister tweeted.
Last week, Jaishankar stated that India wish to clearly see a sovereign democratic and inclusive Afghanistan that takes into consideration the pursuits of its minorities.
“There is one thing known as the peace and reconciliation course of and all people else is saying that the Taliban is reaching out and altering and many others. Let us wait and watch,” he had stated.
During his go to, Jaishanakar can be anticipated to satisfy leaders of different taking part international locations on the sidelines of the convention.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi can be attending the convention and the participation of each the ministers on the convention has sparked hypothesis of a potential assembly between the 2 leaders amidst latest peace overtures from Pakistan.
Qureshi, nonetheless, stated no assembly has been “finalised or requested” to this point together with his Indian counterpart on the sidelines of the convention.
Jaishankar final week additionally didn’t give a selected reply to questions on whether or not he’ll meet Qureshi on the sidelines of the convention.
“My scheduling is in progress. So far I don’t assume any such assembly (is scheduled),” he stated on the India Economic Conclave in New Delhi on March 26.
The final assembly between Qureshi and an Indian exterior affairs minister came about in May 2019 in Bishkek on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) assembly. Late Sushma Swaraj was then holding the portfolio of the exterior affairs minister.
India and Pakistan are with out excessive commissioners in one another’s capital — New Delhi and Islamabad, respectively — for the reason that relations between the 2 international locations nosedived after India withdrew particular standing of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two union territories in August 2019.
The militaries of India and Pakistan introduced on February 25 that they’ve agreed to strictly observe all agreements on ceasefire alongside the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir and different sectors.
Weeks later, each Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan and highly effective Army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa made peace overtures in direction of New Delhi saying it was time for the 2 neighbours to “bury the previous and transfer ahead”.
India has stated it wishes regular neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an surroundings freed from terror, hostility and violence and that the onus is on Islamabad to create an surroundings freed from terror and hostility.


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