BEIJING – The representatives of the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process countries participated at the Seminar and Field Trip under the One Belt one Road initiative of China hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China on June 14 - 21, 2016. Delegates from the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Tajikistan, Islamic Republic Pakistan, Republic of Turkey, Russian Federation, United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia participated at the program.
In this Seminar, statements highlighting the details of "One Belt One Road" delivered to the delegates. Delegates also visited china's most sophisticated infrastructures as part of the program.
Mr. Kong Xaunyou, Assistant Foreign Minister of the People’s Republic of China, welcomed the Heart of Asia representatives at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China saying that this Seminar and Field Trip is honoring the promise made by H.E. Mr. Wang Yi, Foreign Minister of the People's Republic China, at the Heart of Asia Ministerial Conference held in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan in 2015.
According to Mr. Xaunyou, the objective of this visit by the Heart of Asia countries as the pioneers of the Ancient Silk Road, One Belt-One Road initiative is to discuss the start of a regional dialogue to pave the way for the implementation of this initiative. He described the Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process as a good initiative for the stability and development of not only Afghanistan but the whole region through regional cooperation.
Mr. Xaunyou continued that One Belt-One Road initiative was proposed by H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China in 2013. The proposal received very well by 70 countries, regional and International organizations and they also pledged full support for the initiative. This initiative would revive the Ancient Silk Road and will continue to connect East Asia, Central Asia, South Asia and Europe.
Mr. Amir Mohammad Ramin, Director General of Regional Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, express his gratitude to Mr. Xuanyou and the People's Republic of China for the invitation and maintained that one aim of the Heart of Asia Process, as a regional platform, is to connect the countries of Heart of Asia region. He also added, "The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and a member of the Heart of Asia process- will support the One Belt-One Road initiative and the revival of the Ancient Silk Road".
At the end the representatives of the Heart of Asia process visited Shaanxi and Xinjiang provinces which are deemed as the origin of ancient Silk Road and the One Belt one Road initiative cities.