The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) was held on Friday, 17th March 2017, in Baku, Azerbaijan. This meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Mr. Hekmat Khalil Karzai, Deputy Foreign Minister of the I.R. of Afghanistan and Mr. Qaya Mammadov, Head of International Security Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. At this meeting, the senior officials from the ‘Heart of Asia’ countries, supporting countries and the regional and international organizations of the HoA-IP participated.
The meeting welcomed the Republic of Azerbaijan for co-chairing and hosting of the 7th HoA-IP Ministerial Conference as well as the first Senior Officials Meeting in Baku, Azerbaijan in 2017. It also reviewed the progress on the implementation of the 6 CBMs reported by the lead countries. During this meeting, under the political consultations, Afghanistan briefed participants on internal and regional security and political challenges. The participants also delivered their statements and emphasized the importance of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process as a platform for enhancing regional economic and security cooperation aimed at achieving security and prosperity in Afghanistan and the region. They also reiterated their commitments to support the efforts of the Afghan Government to ensuring peace, security and economic development. The ‘Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Annual Report-2016’ prepared by the I.R. of Afghanistan, was launched and presented at this meeting.