October 5, 2022

Taking forward India-Central Asia relations to newer heights on agenda for first India-Central Asia Summit

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The first meeting of India-Central Asia Summit on January 27

New Delhi, In a first engagement of its kind between India and the Central Asian countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Presidents of all the five Central Asian nations are expected to discuss steps to take forward India-Central Asia relations to newer heights. They are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, especially the evolving regional security situation.

India will be hosting the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit with the participation of the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, in a virtual format on January 27.

The first India-Central Asia Summit is a reflection of India’s growing engagement with the Central Asian countries, which are a part of India’s “Extended Neighbourhood”. Prime Minister Modi paid a historic visit to all Central Asian countries in 2015. Subsequently, there have been exchanges at high-levels at bilateral and multilateral forums.

The inception of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at Foreign Ministers’ level, the third meeting of which was held in New Delhi from December 18-20, 2021, has provided an impetus to India-Central Asia relations. The participation of the Secretaries of National Security Councils of Central Asian countries in the Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan held in New Delhi on November 10 last year outlined a common regional approach on Afghanistan.

The Summit is symbolic of the importance attached by the Leaders of India and the Central Asian nations to a comprehensive and enduring India-Central Asia partnership.

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