“Pakistan will continue to attend all international forums,” he was quoted as saying by Geo News channel.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz todayonline
Foreign ministers from 14-member countries, including Russia, China and Turkey, are expected to attend the day-long conference meant to discuss the current Afghan situation and possible initiatives the immediate and extended neighbours of Afghanistan could undertake to restore long-term peace.
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the fifth ‘Heart of Asia ─ Istanbul Process’ Ministerial Conference dawn
The announcement came amid growing tensions between the two nuclear-armed neighbours following the attack on an Indian army base in Uri.
Last month, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Summit, which was scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November later this year, was officially postponed. The summit was called off after India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan withdrew their participation following the Uri attack.
External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Sartaj Aziz during the fifth Heart of Asia meet dailytop
The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was established in 2011 at the initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey. Its main objective is to foster efforts for regional cooperation and connectivity with a view to promoting long-term peace and stability as well as progress and development in Afghanistan, and the region.