Publishe Date: 8:08 AM - 12/3/2016 | Print

Zarif to meet Afghan president

Politics - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is slated to meet Afghanistan's President Ashraf Ghani on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference in India.

Zarif said to reporters upon arrival at the New Delhi on Saturday morning that he will give a lecture at the Heart of Asia Conference and will meet Afghanistan president on the sidelines of the conference.

Foreign minister noted that he will also participate in an economic forum with the presence of Iranian and Indian entrepreneurs, banking officials and traders.

Zarif said that he will also give a lecture at the Observer Research Foundation (ORF) in New Delhi.

Foreign minister said he will depart New Delhi for Amritsar in the northwestern Indian state of Punjab on Saturday afternoon to attend the Heart of Asia Conference.

Zarif arrived here Saturday morning to take part in the Heart of Asia Conference.

The foreign minister is accompanied by a 38-member delegation from Iran’s Chamber of Commerce, 15 Iranian knowledge-based companies and 8 trade banks.

The delegation which also includes a number of industrial, commercial and scientific officials will hold talks with Indian trade officials and take part in joint economic meetings with India, China and Japan.

The Heart of Asia conference is scheduled to be held in Amritsar on December 3-4.

The sixth Heart of Asia conference is expected to see attendance of leaders from around 30 countries including US, Russia, China and Iran. The theme will be connectivity and increasing security in and around the Afghan region.

The discussions will revolve primarily on peace, cooperation and economic growth in Afghanistan and neighboring regions. India is the co-chair and host this time and Afghanistan is the permanent chair of the conference.

Zarif is to outline Iran’s policies on promotion of peace and stability in heart of Asia especially in Afghanistan during his speech in the conference.

India visit comes at the first leg of the Iranian foreign minister to Southeast of Asia. He will proceed to China and Japan from here upon the invitations of his Chinese and Japanese counterparts.

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