Moot: (Afghan Deputy FM emphasizes for a united and collective approach to counter terrorism)

ISLAMABAD: Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hikmat Khalil Karzai on Tuesday emphasised the need for a united and collective approach to counter the menace of terrorism and violent extremism from the region.

Addressing the fifth senior officials meeting prior to the Heart of Asia conference here at the Foreign Office, he said that the Heart of Asia conference was taking place at a critical juncture when the region was confronted by many challenges including terrorism, lack of infrastructure.

“The activities of terror outfits including Islamic State, once again reminds us of the gravity of the problem and demands a collective approach to tackle this international phenomenon,” he said.

He said that Afghanistan was determined to continue fight against terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. He said peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in the best interest of the region.

He said his country attaches importance to have strong relations with all the regional countries for promotion of economic relations and meet the challenges.

He said that there was a need to enhance cooperation and coordination by all the members in the region to ensure peace and security in the region and to promote development.

The meeting of the senior officials was also attended by the ambassadors of 14 participating countries of Heart of Asia. Pakistan is hosting the fifth Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process ministerial conference.