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IANS  |  New Delhi 

The upcoming Heart of conference on to be held in will discuss the problem of in the South Asian region in detail, Ambassador to Shaida Mohammad Abdali said on Wednesday.

"As we all know and as has always stated, is a continuous threat especially to and and of course many others in the region," Abdali said at a media briefing here ahead of the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Heart of Istanbul Process to be held in Amritsar on Dcemeber 3-4.

Without naming Pakistan, he said that during the Heart of process, "unless we take a collective measure to fight terrorism, to fight the breeding ground of terrorism, the safe sacntuaries, we will not be able to bring peace and stability either to or to anywhere else in the region or India".

"At the same time, as we all know, is a creation of this region and the solution lies within this region," the Ambassador said.

"Therefore, the upcoming Heart of is very well timed and very well placed to discuss how we should find solutions to the theme that we have already put forward: addressing challenges and prosperity."

He said he expected the Heart of conference to approve a counter-framework that has been drafted by

"is a multi-faceted phenomena and that requires a multi-faceted approach with measures against recruitment, safe sanctuaries, terrorist networks, drug traffickers and of course with measures on how to deradicalise," Abdali said.

As for the second part of the theme - achieving prosperity - he said that the geography of the Heart of countries was such that it has huge economic potential. "but unfortunately it is yet to be realised".

Stating that connectivity was important for this, the Ambassador said that has made remarkable progress in this area in the last two years.

Stating that was strategically located, he said: "We hope that we agree on the early implementation of the CASA 1000 (Centra and South electricity project), TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, gas pipeline), Chabahar (port in Iran) transit agreement that we signed between India, and Iran, the five-nation railway network and a number of other initiatives and projects that we have agreed upon, including North-South, East-West corridor within the region."

Gopal Baglay, Joint Secretary (Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran) in the Ministry of External Affairs, said that during the upcoming conference, a basket of six confidence building measures (CBMs) would be discussed.

According to Abdali, has done a "remarkable job" in heading the trade and transit CBM.

President Ashraf Ghani will arrive in Amritsar on December 3 afternoon and will hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the evening.

With External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj being indisposed, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will represent in the ministerial conference on December 4 which will be attended by around 40 countries.



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First Published: Wed, November 30 2016. 21:14 IST