Heart of asia conference: India weakens SAARC forum, says Sartaj

Heart of Asia is not a bilateral conference


APP November 23, 2016
Prime Minister's National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz (C-R), Afghan Foreign Minister Salahuddin Rabbani (C-L), and other countries' delegates attend the first day of the Heart of Asia conference in Islamabad on December 9, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said India had weakened the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation forum with its unilateral decision of cancelling a scheduled conference. In regard to the participation in the Heart of Asia Conference, the adviser said Pakistan was deeply related to Afghanistan and did not want to remain disconnected. He made it clear that Heart of Asia was not a bilateral conference rather it was related to what was happening inside Afghanistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, November 24th, 2016.

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