ANKARA – The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Senior Officials Meeting was held with chairmanship of Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mr. Idrees Zaman and Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs of the Republic of Turkey Sedat Onal, and with the participation of high-ranking officials of the member states and supporting states of the process.
In his opening remarks, while welcoming the participants to the event, Mr. Zaman deemed the Istanbul Process valuable for the regional cooperation, and asked for the collaboration and coordination of member states for the peace process of Afghanistan.
The Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Turkey also talked on the common regional interests and the role of Istanbul process in it, and asked the participants to contribute to the peace process of Afghanistan.
In this meeting, the participating countries declared their support for the Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and emphasized furtherance of regional collaboration to jointly combat terrorism.
Additionally, it was decided that the next Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process Senior Officials Meeting, hosted by Turkey, will be held in Istanbul in late 2019.