Pakistan wants long lasting peace in Afghanistan: Sartaj Aziz

Islamabad : Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz says Pakistan wants durable peace in Afghanistan as instability there is not in the interest of Pakistan.

He was addressing the senior officials meeting prior to Ministerial Heart of Asia Conference in Islamabad today.

The Advisor said Heart of Asia Conference is an effective platform for promoting regional cooperation and connectivity. He said it provides an opportunity to member countries for result-oriented engagements for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

He said there is a need to enhance regional cooperation in counter terrorism, anti-narcotics efforts, disaster management, infrastructure and education through confidence building measures.

Sartaj Aziz said security challenges are hampering our socio-economic development and there is a need to meeting the challenges facing the region by strengthening cooperation.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister speaking on the occasion stressed the need for united and collective efforts in the fight against terrorism and extremism. He said Afghanistan is determined to continue fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

He said peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of the region.

He said the Heart of Asia Conference provides a platform for promoting regional cooperation.

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