(AhlulBayt News Agency) - Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Baku, Azerbaijan, from the Italian capital, Rome, on Friday morning to attend the 2017 Heart of Asia Conference.
The conference is to focus on the issue of Afghanistan and will be participated by presidents of Azerbaijan and Afghanistan as well as representatives from 14 countries as participant states, 17 countries from outside the region and 12 regional and international organizations that are supporting the agenda of Heart of Asia.
The Iranian foreign minister is to address the conference and also hold separate talks with the Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev and Foreign Minister of the country Elmar Mammadyarov as well as his counterpart from Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif.
Since its inception in 2011, the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process has been a regional venue for high level political consultation among countries from the three geographically interconnected regions of the Caspian and Central Asia, the Middle East, and South Asia all connected through Afghanistan – the Heart of Asia.
The very idea of Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process is to promote regional cooperation among countries in the region with a focus on stabilizing Afghanistan, a country that can support intra-regional trade and economic connectivity to benefit regional economic development and prosperity.