Heart of Asia Conference Begins in New Delhi


The Heart of Asia conference began in New Delhi with the objective of bringing peace and stability to Afghanistan. The Heart of Asia - Istanbul Processwas initiated to provide a stage to discuss regional issues, mainly promising security, political and economic collaboration between Afghanistan and its neighbors.

About Heart of Asia Conference:

  • This region-led discussion was launched in November 2011 to increase practical synchronization between Afghanistan and its neighbors.
  • This region-led discussion also includes discussion and solution about regional partners in facing common threats, which includes antiterrorism, antinarcotic (psychoactive compound with sleep-inducing properties), poverty, extremism.

About Heart of Asia conference 2016:

  • The Heart of Asia conference 2016 was attended by many officials from number of countries.
  • In this conference, the discussion for fighting with extremism and terrorism was included.

Key facts of this conference:

  • The Heart of Asia conference has been planned a constant, incremental approach for execution of the confidence or security building measures (CBM) in Afghanistan.
  • CBM (confidence or security building measures) are the actions, which are taken to reduce fright of attack by both parties in a situation of tension with or without physical battle.
  • It will also speed up rebuilding in Afghanistan with a focus on improving investment and connectivity in the country.
  • Moreover, Energy, infrastructure, and investment deal to support economic growth of Afghanistan.

List of 14 participating countries:

  • Russia, China, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Azerbaijan and Turkey. Supporting countries: Australia, Canada, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Iraq, Japan, Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden, UK and US.

List of Supporting Organisations:

  • Supporting Organisations include UN, NATO, SAARC, SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Organisation) and OIC (Organisation of Islamic Cooperation).

- Published/Last Modified on: April 27, 2016