AMRITSAR: Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said on Sunday concerted action is needed for peaceful resolution of regional conflicts and “blame games” will not help toward achieving peace.
Addressing the Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar, India, Aziz said peaceful resolution of unresolved conflicts would boost regional cooperation and communication.
Rejecting to Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s allegations that Pakistan was giving “sanctuary” to terrorists, Aziz said concerted policy and action, not blame games, are needed to establish peace in Afghanistan. Such blame games will not bring peace to Afghanistan, he said.
Aziz said that Pakistan’s attendance at the Conference, despite escalating tensions with India, shows Pakistan’s resolve to establish peace in Afghanistan and the overall region.
The Heart of Asia Conference has called for increased cooperation among member countries to cope with the common challenges of terrorism.
The declaration issued at the end of the conference Sunday stated that the conference will not only be helpful for peace and stability in Afghanistan but also in the region.
The declaration reiterated to implement Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It called for avoidance of intervention in the internal affairs of other countries according to international laws and established norms. The declaration stated that the territorial integrity and sovereignty of all nations will be given equal importance.
It also reiterated to abide by the principles regional security and integrity as defined in the UN charter. It said that Heart of Asia Conference will be helpful for peace and stability in the region. The Declaration reiterated implementation of the decisions of the previous conferences.
The senior officials of the member countries will meet in the next three months and hold important deliberations of the of Beijing and Islamabad conferences. The declaration stated that Azerbaijan will host the next Heart of Asia Conference in 2017.
Addressing Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar on Sunday, Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz says peaceful resolution of all longstanding issues is the only way forward for boosting regional cooperation and connectivity.
He stressed the need for evolving a joint and purposeful strategy for lasting peace in Afghanistan.
The Adviser said Pakistan is ready to extend every kind of cooperation for stability and development in Afghanistan. He said Afghanistan should avoid levelling false and baseless accusations on Pakistan. Agencies