October 5, 2022

‘India attaches long-standing relations with Central Asian nations, part of its ‘Extended Neighbourhood’: PM Modi

Central Asian nations Foreign Minister called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has emphasised the importance that India attaches to its long-standing relations with Central Asian countries, which are part of its ‘Extended Neighbourhood’. He conveyed his felicitations to the Ministers on the 30th anniversary of their Independence this year.

The Prime Minister recalled his memorable visits to all Central Asian countries in 2015 and subsequently to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyz Republic, and underlined the importance of maintaining cultural and people-to-people contacts between India and Central Asia, given the popularity of Indian films, music, yoga etc. in the region.

He also underscored the potential of enhanced economic cooperation between India and Central Asia, and the role of connectivity in that regard.

The Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan called on the Prime Minister in New Delhi on December 20. The Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian nations were on a visit to India to participate in the third meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue.

The Central Asian Foreign Ministers conveyed the greetings of their Presidents to Prime Minister Modi, and stressed on the readiness of their leadership to further strengthen relations with India. They briefed the Prime Minister on the deliberations of the India-Central Asia Dialogue held under the chairmanship of External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar on December 18-19, which focused on trade and connectivity, development partnership and regional developments, including the situation in Afghanistan.

The India-Central Asia Dialogue has given impetus to the excellent bilateral relations between India and Central Asian countries. India and the Central Asian countries will mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of their diplomatic relations next year.

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