Ambassador Gong Jianwei, Executive Director of CICA participated in the Sixth Ministerial Conference of the “Heart of Asia”-Istanbul Process held in Amritsar, India, on 4 December 2016. Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India and President Ashraf Ghani of Afghanistan jointly inaugurated the Conference. Foreign Ministers and representatives of participating, supporting and guest countries; and supporting international organisations participated in the Conference. All the participants emphasized the need for a peaceful, stable and prosperous Afghanistan and believed that process of reconstruction and reconciliation should be led by the government and people of Afghanistan, with support from the international community. Most of the participants made commitments for continued financial and logistic support to Afghanistan. Ambassador Gong, in his statement, expressed strong support of CICA for the stable and prosperous Afghanistan. Participating countries adopted Amritsar Declaration outlining the course of action for the coming year. Azerbaijan will be the next co-chair of Heart of Asia-Istanbul Process. Afghanistan is the permanent co-chair.