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Sushma Swaraj unwell, Arun Jaitley to lead delegation at HoA

The conference will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on December 4

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister will lead the at the two-day (HoA) conference beginning Saturday which will be participated by over 30 countries including China, the US, Russia, Iran and Pakistan.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is unwell, will not attend the meet.

The main conference will be inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani on December 4. Afghanistan is the permanent chair of HoA, while India is its co-chair this year being the host.

The ministerial conference will be co-chaired by Jaitley and the Afghan Foreign Minister, Gopal Baglay, who heads the PAI (Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran) division in Ministry of External Affairs, told reporters.

Swaraj is undergoing treatment for kidney failure and the MEA last week had announced that she will not attend the meet.

The platform was floated with an aim to encourage security, political and economic cooperation between Afghanistan and its neighbours.

First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 17:57 IST
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