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Khar to meet Karzai for revival of Afghan peace talks

June 14, 2012 - Islamabad

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar is expected to meet Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Thursday on the sidelines of the latest round of international talks on Afghanistan's future.

Khar will be attending the day-long Friendship and Cooperation in the Heart of Asia (FCHA) conference where representatives from 29 countries will gather to find ways to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism, reports The Express Tribune.

According to Afghan Ambassador Omar Daudzai, Khar will also meet Karzai separately to discuss the agenda for Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's upcoming visit to Afghanistan next week. Gilani's visit will mark the revival of peace and reconciliation efforts between Kabul and Islamabad, which had stalled after the assassination of Afghanistan's top peacemaker Burhanuddin Rabbani in September.

Foreign ministers and representatives from 29 countries, including the U.S., Pakistan, India, Iran, China, Russia, Central Asia states and Turkey, will attend the conference.

Daudzai said the conference would focus on seven issues, including the fight against terrorism, narcotics, organised crime as well as adopting practical and specific measures to prevent natural disasters.

The conference will reiterate support for an inclusive Afghan reconciliation process, which is Afghan-led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-driven and in accordance with the Constitution of Afghanistan, Daudzai said.


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