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Baku Declaration vows to suppress terrorist acts

Baku Declaration vows to suppress terrorist acts

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Dec 02, 2017 - 16:24

KABUL (Pajhwok): The Seventh Heart of Asia Conference (HoA) in Azerbaijan has recognized the need to strengthen trust and cooperation among regional states to promote stability and prosperity of Afghanistan.

“We agree to actively participate in a process of continuous and effective dialogue between Afghanistan and its near and extended neighbours concerning all issues of common interest and importance for Afghanistan and the region as a whole,” read the joint declaration of the foreign ministerial meeting held in Baku on Friday.

Representatives of the Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process countries and organizations, namely, president and foreign minister of Afghanistan, foreign ministers of Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, minister of state for external affairs of India, deputy foreign ministers of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan attended the event.

Special representatives of Russia and China on Afghanistan, delegations of the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, as well as special representative of the UN secretary general for Afghanistan and Central Asia also participated in the conference.

The conference was co-chaired by Azerbaijan Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and his Afghan counterpart Salahuddin Rabbani.

In their joint declaration, the participants stressed the need to advance regional cooperation as an effective and necessary means to address common challenges and to promote security, stability and socioeconomic development in the Heart of Asia region.

They reaffirmed their commitment to UN Charter and its enshrined principles of sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity, inviolability of internationally recognized borders, sovereign equality of nations and nonintervention in the internal affairs of other states.

“We reiterate the obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the political independence, territorial integrity, or sovereignty of any state,” the declaration read.

The conference also expressed strong and unequivocal support to Kabul’s ongoing constructive efforts and commitments to promoting regional connectivity and development of infrastructure links as well as building an environment of increased trust.

The event recognized terrorism, violent extremism conducive to terrorism, extremism, radicalization, separatism and sectarianism, and linkages among them, “as the gravest challenges to the peace, security and economic development of Afghanistan, the Heart of Asia region and the international state system in general.

“We reaffirm that terrorism cannot and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.”

The fight against terrorism was a major priority for all Heart of Asia countries and the participating countries reiterated their resolve to work together to prevent and suppress terrorist acts through increased regional solidarity and cooperation

They called for concerted regional and international cooperation to ensure elimination of terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including dismantling of terrorist sanctuaries and safe havens.

“In this regard, we call upon all states to take action against these terrorist entities in accordance with their respective national counter-terrorism policies, their international obligations and the UN Global Counter Terrorism Strategy.”

The meeting also realized that radicalization of elements of the population, especially youth, could only be prevented by effective de-radicalization and counter-radicalization strategies involving all the Heart of Asia countries.

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