India invites Pakistan to Afghan conference

NEW DELHI - Backing a regional approach to stabilising Afghanistan, India has invited over a dozen countries, including Pakistan and China, for a regional investors meet’ in New Delhi on June 28 to boost international private investment for the reconstruction of that country, reported Indian media on Friday. If Pakistan accepts, it will be the first time it will participate in an India-led initiative on Afghanistan.  The investors meet is primarily aimed at spurring private sector investment by roping in countries of the region, but India has also invited ministers and officials for the conference. Afghan Foreign Minister Zalmai Rassoul is expected to lead his country’s delegation at the conference, in which over 50 Afghan companies will participate. “Yes, I would like to confirm that all countries which were participants of the Istanbul process are being invited and that includes Pakistan too,” Syed Akbaruddin, Indian external affairs ministry’s spokesperson, told reporters. 

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