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Almaty hosts Istanbul Process Conference

Afghanistan.ru - 28.4.2013

On Friday, the 3rd Istanbul Process Conference on Afghanistan at the foreign ministers’ level ended in Almaty. It adopted a declaration on assisting the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.

The foreign ministers from 14 countries of the process, including Afghanistan, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, India, Turkey and UAE as well as representatives of 11 international organizations took part in the conference.

The participants expressed intention to resume their support for Afghanistan before and after the withdrawal of foreign forces to attract the country to economic and political life of the region on the basis of individual state as well as in the framework of regional and international organizations, including the UN, SCO, CSTO and OSCE.

The final declaration adopted by the conference contains plans of definite events on 6 packages of confidence building measures of the Istanbul process, including cooperation in areas of countering terrorism and drug trafficking, promoting regional infrastructure, trade and investment cooperation, education and averting crises.

“We adopted a definite plan of events on six confidence building measures and instructed our senior officials to implement these measures in the coming months and years. We are satisfied with the outcome of the conference,” Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul said.

According to the declaration, the next conference will be held in China in 2014, Kazakh media reported.



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