Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon delivered the opening speech at the conference, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani being the next official to address the participants, IRNA reported.
The Heart of Asia – Istanbul Process was launched in Istanbul in 2011 as a platform for promoting regional security, economic, and political cooperation centered on Afghanistan. The mechanism specifies dialogue and confidence-building measures as the main vehicles that it uses to implement the goals.
The Heart of Asia is comprised of 15 countries, including the Islamic Republic of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Pakistan, China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan Republic, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
The Iranian foreign minister left Tehran for Dushanbe on Sunday to attend the conference.
He held separate meetings on the sidelines of the conference with his counterparts from a number of the participating countries including Azerbaijan, India, and Afghanistan.
Zarif and his Azerbaijani counterpart Jeyhun Bayramov, reviewed issues of mutual interest and discussed latest developments in the Caucasus as well as bilateral cooperation in the Caspian Sea region.
Zarif also had another meeting with Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon on Monday when they explored ways for mutual cooperation on economy, trade, energy, industry, transportation, science and culture.
During the meeting, the two sides underlined the significance of an Iran-Tajikistan Joint Cooperation Commission.