Moot: (Heart of Asia countries reaffirm respect for each other’s sovereignty)

ISLAMABAD: Heart of Asia countries have reaffirmed respect for each other’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, unity and political independence.

In a Joint Declaration, issued after conclusion of its ministerial conference here on Wednesday, they committed to adhere to the principles of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states.

They committed themselves to promoting a multifaceted approach of regional integration based on trust, equality and dialogue. The conference support Afghanistan’s constructive approach towards regional engagement and its commitment to building an environment of trust and confidence throughout the region.

The participating countries reiterated their agreement that terrorism, extremism and linkages among them, pose a serious challenge to many of them as well as the region and beyond.

They resolved to eradicate the menace of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. They undertook to introduce measures to curb the spread of violent extremism.

The participants agreed to take necessary actions to deny terrorists’ access to financial and material resources, to dismantle their sanctuaries. They emphasized the need of resolving conflict through peaceful negotiations.

The conference welcomed the number of infrastructure and energy projects aimed at strengthening regional economies through enhanced connectivity, trade, movement of goods and people.