Swaraj Leaves for Islamabad to Attend Heart of Asia Conference

Published: 08th December 2015 05:18 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th December 2015 05:21 PM   |  A+A-

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (File|AFP)


NEW DELHI: Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj departed for Islamabad for a two-day visit to attend the fifth Ministerial Conference on Heart of Asia, starting today.

"EAM @sushmaswaraj emplanes for Pakistan to attend 5th Ministerial Conference on Heart of Asia Istanbul Process," tweeted Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Vikas Swarup. 

She will lead the Indian delegation to attend Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad, the two-day ministerial meeting on Afghanistan that begins today.

Swaraj would also meet Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the conference. She is also scheduled to meet Sharif's Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.

Swaraj's visit comes two days after talks between the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan in Bangkok, where they discussed terrorism, Jammu and Kashmir and a range of key bilateral issues apart from agreeing to carry forward the constructive engagement.

Swaraj is being accompanied by Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar. Meanwhile, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has confirmed his presence in the conference. The focus would be on participating nations' commitment to Afghanistan over energy deals, infrastructure and investment.

The United States has welcomed recently-held NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan in Bangkok. US also welcomed Pakistan's hosting of Heart of Asia Conference and Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj's participation in it.


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