The element of political consultations was created in recognition of the need for strengthening trust and cooperation in the region. Political consultations are integral to the Heart of Asia Process because they engage the participating and supporting countries as well as the supporting regional and international organizations in continuous and effective dialogues, which immensely impact the effectiveness of this platform.
The dialogue concerns all issues of common interest for Afghanistan and the region as a whole. The following are the four tiers within the pillar of political consultations:
1. Ministerial Conference (MC): Held once a year
2. Senior Officials Meetings (SOMs): Held three times a year
3. Ambassadorial Meetings(AMs): Held at the discretion of the Permanent Chair
4. Regional Technical Group Meetings (RTGs): Held twice a year within each CBM