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President Ghani and PM Nawaz Sharif inaugurate ‘Heart of Asia’ conference in Islamabad

091215-7A key regional conference on Afghanistan jointly inaugurated by President Ashraf Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and on Wednesday 09 Dec 2015 with the calling for a collective approach to combat terrorism.

The ‘Heart of Asia’ conference began with an aim to intensify efforts for regional linkages and to promote peace and stability in war-torn Afghanistan.

Sharif and Ghani jointly inaugurated the conference attended by Foreign Ministers of several countries.

President Ghani in his inaugural address spoke at length about prospects and challenges his country faced. He said Afghanistan has come a long way in building close ties with his all its neighbors. The President highlighted that security was a threat but promised that “2016 will be better”.

Sharif, in his inaugural address, said, “Afghanistan is the heart of Asia and if there is trouble in the heart, the entire region will be turbulent.” He said peace was vital for development and extended full support for the elected government of Afghanistan, saying it was the “only representative of the Afghan people”. Sharif also called for collective approach to combat the menace of extremism and terrorism.