Jan 13, 2014, 8:05 PM
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India to host two key meetings on Afghanistan this week

New Delhi, Jan 13, IRNA -- India will host two important international meetings on Afghanistan this week which will see more than 50 countries discussing key issues including security situation in the war-torn country that is gearing up for polls in April amidst NATO combat troops withdrawal.

India will be represented by its Special Envoy for Afghanistan-Pakistan S K Lambah at the The International Contact Group on Afghanistan-Pakistan (ICG) to be held on Thursday and Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh will represent the country during the 'Heart of Asia' (HoA) meet on Friday, Official Spokesperson in the External Affairs Ministry said, pti reported. While ICG will see 53 countries participating, HoA will be attended by 30 ministerial and high-level delegations from countries in the region and the supporting nations apart from 11 high-level delegations from regional and international organisations.

ICG, which is convened by Germany, is the main forum for political coordination with respect to the international efforts for peace and stability in Afghanistan and the region.

Asked about the representation of countries like the US and Pakistan at these meets, the Spokesperson said while ICG is convened by Germany, the other meet is convened by Afghanistan and India was only providing the access and hospitality.

"We are awaiting the confirmation on the names and the number of participating countries from Germany and Afghanistan," the Spokesperson said.

Afghanistan, which is witnessing drawdown of western combat forces, is scheduled to go for Presidential polls on April five.