Senior officials meeting and the 9th Ministerial Conference of Heart of Asia - Istanbul Process (HoA-IP) will be held on March 29-30 in Dushanbe, Tajik Foreign Ministry’s press service reported last Friday following the meeting of ambassadors of the regional initiative in Kabul.
Thanking the Government of Tajikistan for co-chairing the process and its continued support for Afghanistan, the Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of Afghanistan Marwais Nab said during the meeting held last Thursday that the “Heart of Asia - the Istanbul Process" is a good platform for cooperation and coordination.
The meeting participants also reviewed draft documents related to the 9th Ministerial Conference – Dushanbe Declaration, Women Empowerment Confidence Building Measures and Disaster Management and Environmental Protection CBM HoA-IP.
The HoA-IP is an initiative of Afghanistan and Turkey, which was officially launched at a conference hosted by Turkey in Istanbul in 2011. It is a platform for promoting regional security, economic and political cooperation centered on Afghanistan through dialogue and a set of Confidence Building Measures (CBMs). The members of the Istanbul Process are Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and the United Arab Emirates.