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The Second Senior Officials Preparatory Meeting For Kabul Conference To Follow Up On The Istanbul Process Held In Ashgabat

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Sunday, April 22, 2012
Kabul (BNA) The second preparatory meeting at the senior officials level took place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ashgabat Turkmenistan on 18 April 2012. The meeting was attended by 15 ‘Heart of Asia’ Countries, the United Nations, and a number of supporting countries, as well as the representatives of the regional and international organizations. Deputy Foreign Minister Jawed Ludin and his counterpart Mr.Vapa Hajihove , the first deputy foreign minister of Turkmenistan, chaired the meeting.
H.E Minister Rashid Meredov, Deputy Chief of Cabinet and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan commenced the meeting with his welcoming remarks to all participants and by highlighting Turkmenistan’s support and commitment to Afghanistan and regional cooperation. The second preparatory meeting was held at senior officials’ level as part of preparation for the Kabul Ministerial Conference on the follow up of the Istanbul Process, which is due to be held on 14th of June this year in Kabul Afghanistan.
H.E. Rashid Meredov in his opening speech stated that Turkmenistan supports any initiative aimed to bring peace and stability in Afghanistan; he also mentioned some of the important projects that are going to be implemented between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan, such as TAPI, rail way construction, electricity etc.
Jawed Ludin after conveying the greetings of H.E. Zalmai Rassoul and the people of Afghanistan, in his inaugural speech said that: He is very much grateful to the Turkmen friends’ generosity and hospitality for hosting this meeting in Ashgabat. Afghanistan and Turkmenistan has enjoyed longstanding history of friendship and cooperation, and their presidents have vision not only for the country but for the region.
He added that “Istanbul Process is among the most important initiatives in regional cooperation and there is tremendous hope that it will contribute to the creation of an environment of trust and confidence between the ‘Heart of Asia’ countries. The Istanbul Process will contribute to the strengthening of stability and promotion of prosperity at the regional level.”
Unanimous indication of support from the ‘Heart of Asia’ delegations as well as their significant contribution to the draft declaration of the Kabul Ministerial Conference, coupled by statements of the supporting countries stating their readiness to provide support to the Istanbul Process as and when requested, were clear evidences to success of this meeting.

This second preparatory meeting on the follow up of the Istanbul Process was preceded by the first senior officials meeting held on February 29, 2012 at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Kabul Afghanistan.
 

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