ISLAMABAD: Afghanistan’s deputy foreign minister, Hekmat Khalil Karzai, arrived on Sunday in Islamabad, to represent his country in the meeting of senior officials at the “Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process”.
 
The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was launched in 2011 to bring together regional countries to promote peace and prosperity in Afghanistan through concerted efforts of participating and supporting countries as well as international and regional organisations engaged in the process.
 
Karzai was accompanied by four senior officials of the ministry of foreign affairs.
 
The Foreign Ministry in Islamabad says the meeting will be co-chaired by Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry, and Mr. Hekmat Karzai, who is the cousin of former President Hamid Karzai.
 
Pakistan will host the meeting of the senior officials of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process in Islamabad on Monday.
 
It will host the fifth Ministerial Conference at Islamabad later this year.
 
The meeting will discuss several issues including the preparation for the Ministerial Conference to be held in Islamabad later this year. The last ministerial meeting was held in Beijing in October 2014.
 
The deliberations in these meetings would form the basis for the Islamabad Declaration, to be endorsed by Heart of Asia countries and organizations during the Ministerial Conference, the Foreign Ministry said.
 
Representatives from other twelve participating countries, sixteen supporting countries and twelve regional and international organizations were invited to attend the meeting.
 
As the co-chair, Pakistan will take the initiative to take the process forward from the Beijing conference held in October 2014, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.