Pak Invites India for Afghan Conference

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Islamabad: Pakistan has invited External Affairs Minister for a crucial regional conference here on Afghanistan, a move that could provide an opportunity for the two neighbors to mend their frosty ties.Pakistan has also sent an invitation to Sushma Swaraj.

The ‘Heart of Asia’ conference will be held on December 7 and 8, where representatives from Azerbaijan, China, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the UAE are expected to attend.

“A formal invitation has been sent to India and 25 other countries for the Heart of Asia ministerial meeting on Afghanistan to be hosted by Pakistan,” a senior Foreign Office official was quoted.

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An Indian diplomat, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed New Delhi has received the invitation but said the decision on whether the External Affairs Minister will attend the conference has yet to be taken, the paper said.

The Afghan conference will discuss the current situation in Afghanistan with particular focus on helping the war-torn country’s economy.