1. Heart of Asia Summit ends in Amritsar, India, Afghanistan issue joint declaration

Heart of Asia Summit ends in Amritsar, India, Afghanistan issue joint declaration

An international conference on Afghanistan here on Sunday called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition.

By: | Amritsar | Updated: December 4, 2016 6:58 PM
Citing the declaration, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who chaired the meeting in the absence of ailing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (PTI) Citing the declaration, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who chaired the meeting in the absence of ailing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj (PTI)

An international conference on Afghanistan here on Sunday called for immediate elimination of terrorism to help the war-ravaged country in its political and economic transition.

The Amritsar Declaration, issued after the 6th ministerial ‘Heart of Asia conference – Istanbul Process on Afghanistan’ in this Punjab city near India’s border with Pakistan, “recognises terrorism as the biggest threat to peace” and demanded “immediate end to all forms of terrorism”.

Citing the declaration, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who chaired the meeting in the absence of ailing External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, said: “We remain concerned by high level of violence in Afghanistan caused by Taliban, terrorist groups including Al Qaeda, Daesh (Islamic State) and its affiliates.”

“We strongly call for concerted regional and international cooperation to ensure elimination of terrorism, including dismantling of terrorist safe havens in the Heart of Asia region, as well as disrupting all financial and logistical support for terrorism.”

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