Top-level Islamabad talks on the Future of Afghanistan
The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process conference is opening on the 9th of December in Islamabad. The Istanbul Process is region-led dialogue. It was launched in November when Foreign Ministers from 14 countries spanning from Central Asia to the Middle East South Asia, and South Asia to Eurasia gathered in Istanbul, Turkey to expand practical coordination between Afghanistan and its neighbors and regional partners in facing common threats, including counterterrorism, counternarcotic, poverty, and extremism. The conference will see the participation of high-level representatives from the following countries: Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Russian Federation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates. They all participate in the Heart of Asia Process. Also the US and the UK, alongside other western countries, support the initiative.