India invites Pakistan to Afghanistan investors meet
Pakistan and China are among the countries invited for the regional investors meet on Afghanistan to be held in New Delhi on June 28 to discuss ways to boost international-private sector investment in the war-torn country.
Official spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Syed Akbaruddin said in New Delhi that though it is largely a private sector meet, India will also invite government entities for the conference aimed at exploring and promoting investments in Afghanistan on long-term basis.
"Yes, I would like to confirm that all countries which were participants of the Istanbul process are being invited and that includes Pakistan too," he said when asked if Pakistan was also invited for the meet.
This is the first international meet to be held by India involving the private sector. Significantly, the Indian initiative was also announced earlier in the day in Washington by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake.
This conference, Blake said, will feature over 50 Afghan firms with at least 10 of the companies owned by women whose presence will spur direct business-to-business links between Afghan and international firms.
The New Delhi conference then will inform a July 8th government summit in Tokyo that will develop strategies for Afghanistan's economic development, he added.
Afghanistan, Blake said, would be one of the key issues of discussion when Secretary of State Hillary Clinton holds talks with the Indian-delegation led by the External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, in Washington on June 13.
The meet - Delhi Regional and International Investor's Meet on Afghanistan - organised jointly by Indian and Afghanistan government along with CII is also expected to be attended by regional and international organisations, senior government representatives, international financial institutions, private and public sector Investors.