Heart of Asia conference convenes in Amritsar, threat of terrorism tops agenda

The point of attention is also the bilateral talks which are much awaited between the two countries, but New Delhi has already clarified that it has not officially received a request for any bilateral meeting from Islamabad.

Heart of Asia conference convenes in Amritsar, threat of terrorism tops agenda

The two-day Heart of Asia begins in Amritsar today with the focus on stabilising war-ravaged Afghanistan. Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister, will be representing India in the group's sixth ministerial conference as Sushma Swaraj, External Affairs Minister, remains indisposed.

The deliberations will be jointly inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani on December 4. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s Foreign Policy Advisor Sartaj Aziz is scheduled to  attend the conference on the same day. However, reports have said that he would be returning in evening without attending the dinner organised by India.


The point of attention is also the bilateral talks which are much awaited between the two countries, but New Delhi has already clarified that it has not officially received a request for any bilateral meeting from Islamabad.

The heated and tense environment between two countries has been escalating with continuous military and terrorist action across the Line of Control (LoC). The latest layer severing the ties between the neighbors was Nagrota attack.

Over 40 foreign ministers and dignitaries from China, Russia, Iran, UAE, USA, Canada and France besides the EU will participate in the conference. The last Heart of Asia ministerial conference which was held in Islamabad in December 2015 was attended by Sushma Swaraj where India and Pakistan take forward initiatives to restart talks with Swaraj and Aziz chalking out a roadmap for a “comprehensive dialogue.”

The Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process was founded in Istanbul in Turkey in November 2011. Fourteen Asian countries attended it.