India To Host 3rd Meeting of India-Central Asia Dialogue on Sunday

India will host the third edition of its foreign ministerial dialogue with five Central Asian countries on December 18-19 with a focus on pressing regional issues like connectivity and developments in Afghanistan.

Indian External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will participate in the meeting.

Indian External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar will be hosting the meeting, his office said in a statement on Thursday.

There has been an active engagement between India and the five Central Asian countries over the last few years, the statement said, hinting that India considers Central Asia as part of its extended neighborhood.

They are expected to discuss further strengthening of relations between India and Central Asian countries with particular focus on trade, connectivity and development cooperation, the statement added.  

The Ministers will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian countries are expected to pay a joint courtesy call on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The holding of annual meetings of the India-Central Asia Dialogue is symbolic of the interest on the part of all member countries for greater engagement between them in a spirit of friendship, trust and mutual understanding, the statement concluded.

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