Narendra Modi Hosts First India-Central Asia Summit | News
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi led the first India-Central Asia Summit on Thursday, a high-level meeting that sought to strengthen ties between these countries and addressed issues related to security and regional development.
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In virtual mode, the presidents of Kazakhstan (Kasim-Jomart Tokayev), the Kyrgyz Republic (Sadir Zaparov), Tajikistan (Emomali Rahmon), Turkmenistan (Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedo) and Uzbekistan (Shavkat Mirziyoyev) participated in the space.
The leaders discussed regional security and the issue of Afghanistan. In addition, they considered ideas on deepening trade and connectivity, partnership for development, culture, and links between peoples.
Through his Twitter account, Modi said that “mutual cooperation between India and Central Asia is essential for regional security and prosperity.”
In turn, he highlighted the importance of the Central Asian nations defining an ambitious vision for the coming years by acknowledging the completion of 30 years together, which he described as fruitful.
According to the country’s Foreign Ministry, this is the first engagement of its kind between India and Central Asian countries at the level of heads of state. At the same time, it represents a symbol of the interest that the leaders of those nations have in establishing a comprehensive and lasting association.
“The first India-Central Asia Summit is a reflection of India’s growing engagement with the Central Asian countries, which are part of India’s enlarged neighbourhood,” the Foreign Ministry said.
Modi visited all the countries of Central Asia in 2015, in a tour considered historic. Following his trips, high-level exchanges were held in bilateral and multilateral forums.
In New Delhi, the start of the India-Central Asia Dialogue between foreign ministers took place from December 18 to 20, an event that boosted India-Central Asia relations.