6th Heart of Asia Conference Held in Amritsar, Punjab (Download PDF)


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The sixth edition of ‘Heart of Asia- Istanbul Process of Afghanistan‘ conference, an annual regional gathering of Asian and other countries was held in Amritsar, Punjab (India). It was inaugurated jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. It concluded with adaptation of Amritsar Declaration with its prime focus on terrorism.

Representatives in Heart of Asia conference

Representatives in Heart of Asia Conference

Representatives in Heart of Asia conference


  • The delegates from nearly 40 countries and leading groupings like EU participated in conference.
  • Indian delegation was led by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
  • The theme of this edition of the conference was “Addressing Challenges, Achieving Prosperity”.
  • The three big issues of the conference were

    • Countering terrorism to create stability in Afghanistan
    • Providing Afghanistan connectivity to strengthen economic activities
    • The development which is essential for its progress

About Heart of Asia

  • HOA conference is a part of the Istanbul Process established 2011 which provides a platform to discuss an agenda of regional cooperation with Afghanistan at its centre.
  • It was seeks to provide a platform to discuss regional issues, particularly encouraging security, political, and economic cooperation among Afghanistan and its neighbors.
Heart of Asia main elements

Heart of Asia Main Elements

Heart of Asia main elements

  • 14 participating countries: Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Azerbaijan and Turkey.
  • Supporting countries: Australia, Canada, and Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK and US.
  • Supporting Organizations: UN, NATO, SAARC, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).

- Published/Last Modified on: December 5, 2016

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