Iranian FM to attend Istanbul conference on Afghanistan
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 1 /Trend T.Konyayeva, D.Khatinoglu/
Iranian Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi has confirmed today his participation in the forthcoming Istanbul Conference on Afghanistan scheduled for November, Mehr News Agency reported on Tuesday.
About 90 participants from different countries will attend the Istanbul meeting on Afghanistan security.
Earlier, during the UN session in New York Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rasoul invited his Iranian counterpart to partake in the Istanbul meeting.
The Istanbul Conference focuses on issues relating to Afghan security, recruitment, training and equipment of Afghan security forces, as well as the reconciliation process. The conference will also focus on regional economic cooperation among Asian countries and has no relation to the 2nd Bonn Conference.
The Bonn Conference, which is planned to be held in December, will convene more than 1,000 delegates from 90 countries, international organizations and the United Nations to discuss the transfer of responsibility for security to the Afghan government by 2014, international commitment to Afghanistan following this handover, and the political process vis-а-vis national reconciliation and the integration of former Taliban fighters.