No: 165, 13 June 2012, Press Release Regarding the Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference in Kabul

The Istanbul Process Ministerial Conference to be held in Kabul on 14 June 2012 will be attended by a delegation headed by H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.

H.E. Mr. Davutoğlu will co-chair the Conference along with H.E. Mr. Zalmay Rassoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan.

It is envisaged that along with Turkey, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates and Uzbekistan as the countries in the region, and Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States as countries supporting the process, as well as the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Economic Cooperation Organization, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia will participate in the Conference.
Turkey believes in the importance of regional cooperation for ensuring peace and stability in the region and for promoting Afghanistan as a self-sufficient and prosperous country. In this respect, since it did so for the Istanbul Conference for Afghanistan held on 2 November 2011 initiating the Istanbul Process, Turkey provides every possible contribution to the Kabul Ministerial Conference which constitutes the continuation of this process.

H.E. Mr. Ahmet Davutoğlu will meet with Ministers of Foreign Affairs of other participating countries and hold talks with Afghan authorities in Kabul on the margins of the Conference.