ISLAMABAD: The foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India will meet on the sidelines of a conference on Aghanistan in New Delhi on Tuesday.
According to reports which appeared in Indian media, Pakistan foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry will meet his Indian counterpart S Jaishankar at the Heart of Asia Conference scheduled on April 26.
In the meeting bilateral issues between the two countries will be discussed.
Earlier today (Monday), a meeting was held between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, National Security Advisor Nasir Khan Janjua and Aizaz Chaudhry. Views were exchanged on Pakistan’s position at the Heart of Asia Conference, sources said.
A press release from the Pakistan Foreign Office confirmed that a meeting of senior officials will be held at the conference in New Delhi. Foreign secretary Aizaz Chaudhry would be leading the Pakistan delegation to the meeting, said the foreign office statement.
Pakistan has played an active role in the Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process, which was established in 2011 as a platform to discuss regional issues including security, economic cooperation and connectivity among Afghanistan, its neighbours and regional countries with a view to promote lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistan hosted the fifth Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference in Islamabad on 9 December 2015. The Conference adopted a forward looking Islamabad Declaration titled “Emphasizing Enhanced Cooperation for Countering Security Threats and Promoting Regional Connectivity”.