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ISTANBUL – The Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of the 8th Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process (HoA – IP) Ministerial Conference is going to be held on the 8 of December 2019, in Istanbul city.
The Senior Official Meeting od the 8th Ministerial Cinference will be held under the joined chairmanship of the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs for Economic Cooperation H.E. Mirwais Nab and his Turkish counterpart H.E. Sedat ÖNAL. The meeting will be participated by the representatives of participating and supporting countries and organizations. The meeting will discuss the declaration of the HoA – IP Ministerial Conference, themed “Peace, Partnership, Prosperity”, which will take place on the 9th of December in Istanbul.
BRATISLAVA – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Idrees Zaman met with the European Union High Representative/Vice President, Mr. Josep Borrell Fontelles.
The meeting focused on the peace process and the security situation in Afghanistan.
At the outset, Foreign Minister congratulated him on his appointment as High representative of EU Vice President and wished him success.
The two sides exchanged views on the recent developments in the peace process and importance of regional connectivity for Afghanistan.
Foreign Minister Zaman also briefed him about the Afghan government’s seven-point peace plan and the EU declaration regarding the deportation of Afghan asylum seekers.
BRATISLAVA - Acting Foreign Minister H.E. Idrees Zaman met with Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovak Republic, H.E. Miroslav Lajčák.
At the outset, Minister Zaman congratulated Mr. Lajčák on successful chairmanship of the OSCE during last year and welcomed him as chair of the Asian Contact Group for the upcoming year. Both sides discussed issues of mutual interest including using the potentials of the Asian Contact Group to support the developments in Afghanistan, troops of the Slovak Republic serving under the RS mission in Afghanistan, educational scholarships for Afghan students and expansion of bilateral relations which has tremendous support in Slovak Republic.
Minister Zaman briefed his counterpart bout developments in Afghanistan. Along others, he discussed the presidential elections, release of the three Taliban prisoners and the seven-points peace plan of the Afghan government. He further discussed the precious role that the Slovak government can play in recovery and restoration of the Archaeological sites in Kabul, which can be a strong foundation for bilateral relations between the two nations. Expansion of bilateral business relations was an important topic of discussion in the meeting.
BRATISLAVA – Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs H.E. Idrees Zaman met with the Deputy Secretary General of NATO, Mr. Mircea Geoană.
The two sides exchanged notes on peace process and Afghanistan presidential elections.
Foreign Minister Zaman briefed him about developments in peace process including release of three Taliban prisoners and its impact on peace process and overall security situation in Afghanistan. He also talked about the President Ashraf Ghani’s telephone conversation with President Donald Trump and his recent trip to Afghanistan.
Deputy Secretary General NATO reaffirmed that all countries in NATO declared their strong commitment and support to Afghanistan in London. He also appreciated the achievements made by President Ghani regarding the peace process. He further emphasized that human and women rights are the two very important aspects to be focused on in peace negotiations.
BRATISLAVA - Acting Foreign Minister H.E. Idrees Zaman met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands, H.E. Stef Blok.
Both sides discussed issue of mutual interest.
At the outset, Minister Zaman discussed the seven-point peace plan of the Afghan government and the role that regional countries have in peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Both sides discussed the upcoming ministerial conference of Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process which is going to be held on 9th December. They further elaborated on the reports of alleged abuse of school children in Logar province.