A declaration will be issued at the conclusion of the

A declaration will be issued at the conclusion of the

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conference and is expected to focus on ways to deal with terror.
Asked how India was looking at the challenge and what steps it will push for to tackle terror in the wake of the Nagrota attack, Baglay said these are matters of detail and under discussion at inter-governmental level.
India is also likely to ask contries in the region to show strong resolve to tackle terrorism.
Abdali said terrorism is “creation of the region and the solution lies in the region. Therefore the upcoming HoA is very well timed”.
He said terrorism is a multifaceted phenomena which requires a “multifaceted approach” and should include dismantling the “terror matrix”, tackling drug trafficking and effectively dealing with radicalisation.
The Afghan envoy said terror must be dealt with effectively not only for sake of countries like India and Afghanistan but also for people in the country where “terrorism is nurtured.”
The conference, whose theme is security and prosperity, will also deliberate on major connectivity iniatives including Chabahar project, a five nation railway project. There may be deliberations on TAPI (Turkmenistan Afghanistan-Pakistan India) gas pipeline project.
President Ghani is schedule to arrive on Saturday and he and Prime Minister Narendra Modi will have a bilateral meeting, possibly on that day itself.
Thanking India for providing the last of the four military helicopters to his country last week, Abdali said bilateral talks between the two leaders will be very important, adding security cooperation will be part of the discussion.
On HoA helping Afghanistan in its transition, Baglay said six baskets of Confidence Building Measures are being considered and India has tried to bring in more consultation in the groupings initiatives.
The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was launched in 2011 and the participating countries include Pakistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Swaraj had attended last year’s conference in Islamabad.
The platform was floated to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours.
The countries which support the initiative are Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, France, Finland, Germany, Iraq, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Britain and the US.
Four countries Uzbekistan, Latvia, Bulgaria and Austria are attending the conference as guest nations. PTI MPB SK
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