India to invite Iran, China, Pak for meet on Afghanistan
IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency
New Delhi, May 3, IRNA -- Iran, China and Pakistan will be among the 13 countries participating in the regional investors' meet on Afghanistan to be hosted by India.
The effort is aimed at fostering regional coordination in the backdrop of plans to withdraw western armed forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
These countries will be picking up from where they had left their meet in Istanbul last year. At the Turkish capital, putting in place the Istanbul protocol, the regional countries had discussed means to improve stability, security and prosperity of Afghanistan.
India will extend invitation to the countries that had attended the Istanbul meet. They include Iran, Russia, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates, the leading English daily Hindustan times reported quoting official sources.
The decision to hold the regional investors meet was taken at a meeting between external affairs minister SM Krishna and his Afghan counterpart Zalmai Rassoul who co-chaired the inaugural session of the India-Afghanistan Partnership Council in New Delhi on Wednesday.
The meeting will be also attended by other donor countries and aid agencies.
The sources said the regional countries are best placed to contribute to peace, stability and prosperity of Afghanistan.
Though India has concerns over the strategic depth Islamabad is looking at in Afghanistan, both countries are coming together under a regional initiative.
While affirming its long-term commitment for the prosperity of Afghanistan, Krishna on Tuesday reiterated that the India’s security is “intertwined” with that of Afghanistan.
Islamic Republic News Agency/IRNA NewsCode: 80110720
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