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The Istanbul Regional Conference held here on Wednesday adopted a declaration envisaging a broad range of effective Confidence Building Measures to promote a secure and stable Afghanistan in a secure, stable and prosperous region. According to the declaration adopted by 11 ministers besides representatives of 29 neighbouring countries of Afghanistan known as Heart of Asian Countries, they also agreed on a number of CBMs in political and security, economic, educational and cultural fields. The Istanbul Regional Conference jointly hosted by Turkey and Afghanistan also envisages guarantees of territorial integrity, sovereignty and refraining from the threat or use of force to resolve disputes. The participants also discussed guarantees for non-intervention and non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law. The conference was addressed by Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Afghan President Hamid Karzai and representatives of neighbouring and regional countries. According to declaration adopted in the conference, the participants reaffirmed their desire for enhanced cooperation for fighting terrorism, including through exchange of information.

 



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