ISLAMABAD - Pakistan would host 2015 Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process. However, dates for this event would be finalized at a later stage.

According to Foreign Office, this would be a follow-up conference to the 4th Foreign Ministerial Conference of the Istanbul Process on Afghanistan concluded in Beijing on Sunday.

Adviser to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz, while addressing the conference, said that Pakistan fully supports China’s constructive contribution and five-point proposal envisaged by Premier Li Keqiang for Afghan peace and economic development.

He said that as co-lead with Kazakhstan on the Disaster Management CBM, Pakistan had been steering the agreed priority activities. The Adviser underscored that Afghanistan had undergone historic transfer of power after recent elections.

The Adviser appreciated that a regional consensus had been achieved at this ministerial conference underlining the need to fully support peace and reconciliation efforts in Afghanistan and in helping Afghanistan’s reconstruction. The Adviser reiterated that Pakistan remains fully committed to support an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

Pakistan’s offer to host the next year’s conference of the Istanbul Process was supported by the participating countries and the international organizations.

Delegates from about 30 nations and regional organizations attended the conference co-chaired by China and Afghanistan. It was China’s maiden show as a host of a major international meeting on Afghanistan. The event had started on Friday last. The meeting also announced Beijing declaration. China has pledged 1.5 billion yens in aid to Afghanistan over the next three years, and will help train 3,000 professionals in various fields in the next five years.