Indian PM, Five Central-Asian Heads Call On Coordination for Regional Stability

The Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi hosted the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit, where the participants agreed to work jointly and coordinately for peace and prosperity in the region.

Modi said in his opening remarks that Central Asia is central to India’s vision of an integrated and stable extended neighborhood.

The summit saw the participation of five heads of state, Kazakhstan’s Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan’s Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyz Republic, Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow.

Talking virtually with his counterparts, Modi said India’s diplomatic ties with Central Asian countries have completed 30 years.

“Over the past three decades, our cooperation has achieved many successes and now, at this crucial juncture, we need an inspirational vision for the years to come, a vision that can fulfill the aspirations of our young people,” said Modi. 

Meanwhile, Modi also flagged the situation in Afghanistan as a common concern.

“We all have the same concerns and objectives for regional security. We are all concerned about the developments in Afghanistan,” Modi added.

Modi furthered that India and the five Central Asian countries share the same concerns and objectives in terms of regional security.

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