December 3rd, 2016 (Amritsar, India)
A Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), at the Deputy Foreign Minister level, was held on December 3rd in Amritsar to finalize the 2016 Ministerial Declaration. The meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai and Republic of India's Foreign Secretary H.E. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.
At the meeting, there were vigorous discussions regarding the effective implementation of the six Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) of the Heart of Asia Process. It was also decided that an Ambassadorial Meeting (AM) will be held in January to launch the 2016 Heart of Asia progress report. The AM in January will also involve a discussion of all the CBMs and will be attended by all participating countries as well as supporting countries and regional and international organizations.
The SOM ended with the successful finalization of the Ministerial Declaration, which will be endorsed officially at the Ministerial Conference today.