External affairs minister S Jaishankar is expected to present India’s views on the troubled Afghan peace process at a crucial meet on Afghanistan hosted by Tajikistan and hold meetings with leaders of Central Asian states on Tuesday.
Jaishankar is in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe at the invitation of his counterpart Sirojiddin Muhriddin. Ahead of the ministerial meeting of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process, Jaishankar held talks with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on Monday night and shared India’s perspectives on the peace process.
The minister tweeted about his visit on Monday and said, “Look forward to my bilateral visit and attending the Heart of Asia Conference tomorrow.”
A lot of speculation regarding Jaishankar’s visit has focused on whether he will hold a meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, who is also attending the Heart of Asia meet. However, there was no official word from the Indian or Pakistani sides about such a meeting.
On Monday, Jaishankar also met his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu and discussed “Afghanistan-related developments and our bilateral relations”, he said in a tweet.
News Source: Hindustan Times