Central Asia Dialogue to be hosted from today in India

The third edition of the Central Asia Dialogue was hosted today in New Delhi by the External Affairs Minister (EAM) S Jaishankar and is being attended by the Foreign affairs ministers of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. The three-day event will go on till December 20th and will focus on the discussion to be held in order to strengthen the relationship between the member nations with respect to trade, development cooperation, connectivity, and also on measures to handle the current situation in Afghanistan.

Arindam Bagchi, the spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) stated “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 National Security advisors (NSA) of these nations had previously also participated in a dialogue hosted by India in November on the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan focusing on the importance of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan who share borders with Afghanistan. The dialogue also saw the presence of NSAs of Iran and Russia.

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