Ghani in Dushanbe to attend HoA conference, discuss bilateral ties


KABUL: The Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani arrived Monday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s capital, on a two-day official visit to attend the Heart of Asia—Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) ministerial summit.
The ninth “Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process” ministerial conference will begin on Monday in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, to build regional consensus around Afghan peace.
According to the officials, the conference will be attended by representatives from at least 50 countries and foreign organizations.
The conference is expected to focus on the Afghan peace process and significantly impact Afghanistan’s current peace efforts.
“We need more cooperation within Afghanistan, as well as more coordination to ensure international and regional agreement on a just and lasting peace that protects our gains. Mirwais Nab, the deputy minister of international affairs, said, “This is one of our key messages.”
Meanwhile, President Ghani met his Tajik counterpart Emomali Rahmon on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference. Both sides held a brief ceremony and signed cooperation agreements. 
President Ghani is scheduled to meet other Tajik dignitaries such as Prime Minister Kokhir Rasulzoda, and the Republic’s Chairman of Tajikistan’s Parliament to discuss bilateral cooperation and Afghan peace talks.