According to Trend citing Uzbek foreign ministry, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will open the high-level international conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Cooperation in the Sphere of Security and Regional Interaction” in Tashkent on March 26—27, 2018.
According to the source, among the guests invited to the conference are the UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres and the UN Special Envoy to Afghanistan Tadamiti Yamamoto, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as the foreign ministers of China, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, France, Turkey, India, Iran, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Tashkent conference will be held after the second meeting of “Kabul Process”, which was conducted in the Afghan capital on Feb. 28, 2018, and will become a logical continuation of the international community’s efforts on ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
The conference participants are expected to express a consolidated position at regional and global levels on necessity of starting direct negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban movement without any preconditions as soon as possible.
The conference will be summed up by a Tashkent Declaration, which will reflect the main points of the discussion.
“Uzbekistan put forward the idea to hold the Tashkent conference not as a one-time event only, but will rather put serious efforts both at the bilateral and multilateral levels to promote peaceful political process in Afghanistan,” the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.