Indian PM Modi To Host First India-Central Asia Summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit, in which Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan will be participating.

The Summit, which is the first engagement of its kind between India and the Central Asian countries at the level of leaders, will be held in a virtual format on 27 January, said the Indian Ministry of External Affairs on Wednesday.

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, the statement added.

According to the statement, Modi had visited all Central Asian countries in 2015 and subsequently, there have been exchanges at high levels at bilateral and multilateral forums.

During the first India-Central Asia Summit, the leaders are expected to discuss steps to take forward India-Central Asia relations to newer heights.

The Central Asian leaders are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, especially the evolving regional security situation.

In December, India’s External Affairs Ministry hosted the 3rd India-Central Asia Dialogue in New Delhi with the participation of Foreign Ministers of Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan.

The Central Asian ministers emphasized that the establishment of long-term relations between Central Asia and India is aimed at enhancing regional peace, security, stability, sustainable economic growth, and prosperity in the region.


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