TAJIKISTAN. Dushanbe: Afghan President Ashraf Ghani arrived in the Tajik capital, Dushanbe on Monday morning to attend the second day of the ninth “Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process” ministerial conference that is held for two days. The conference will primarily focus on constituting the regional consensus on the Afghan peace process, according to Afghan officials.
On the first day of the conference that was attended by senior officials of member nations, the deputy of Afghan foreign minister Mirwais Nab said, “the international terrorist groups and drug traffickers are sabotaging the peace efforts in Afghanistan.” He called on Afghanistan’s regional and international partners to push their influence on the Taliban for a ceasefire, adding that the Afghan peace process is a chance for all countries to envision a new future for regional cooperation and connectivity.
President Ghani who will address a speech at the National University of Tajikistan is said to be attending the second day of the conference in Dushanbe, where foreign ministers of over 50 countries and international organizations will also be present.
At the end of the conference, the representatives of 50 countries and organizations will issue a joint statement for Afghan peace.
Iran’s foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif upon his arrival in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe said that Tehran aims to help and establish lasting peace and end hostilities in Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, in the Moscow peace meeting that was held on 18 March, representatives of the US, China, Pakistan, Qatar, Turkey, and Russia made a joint statement on Afghanistan, calling on war parties to reduce violence, engage in“meaningful” discussions, adding that the countries do not support the restoration of an Islamic Emirate.
“We are ready to even share the power with the Taliban”, said Abdullah Abdullah, the chairman of Higher Peace Council for National Reconciliation on Sunday, stressing the upcoming Turkey meeting can change the future of Afghanistan.
The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process initiated by Kabul and Ankara in 2011, aims at sustaining a secure and peaceful Afghanistan.