FM Shah Mahmood Qureshi leaves for Tajikistan to attend ‘Heart of Asia’ conference today

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is leading a delegation from Pakistan to attend the ninth Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) ministerial conference which starts tomorrow (Tuesday) in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, according to the Foreign Office.

The theme is ‘Strengthening Consensus for Peace and Development’.

Qureshi will deliver a statement “highlighting Pakistan’s positive contributions to the Afghan peace process and its support for Afghanistan’s development and connectivity within the regional framework,” the FO statement read.

On the sidelines of the conference, the FM will hold consultations with key regional and international partners.

Bilateral engagements are scheduled between Qureshi and the Tajik leadership. Besides holding talks with Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Qureshi will interact with other Tajik dignitaries and review the entire gamut of bilateral relations.

The (HoA-IP) comprises 15 participating countries, 17 supporting countries and 12 supporting regional and international organisations.

Members of the process are Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan and Turkey.