Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the primary India-Central Asia Summit in a digital format on Thursday throughout which the leaders are anticipated to deliberate on steps to take ahead relations to newer heights in addition to the evolving regional safety scenario.
The digital summit will see the participation of the 5 presidents — Kazakhstan’s Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan’s Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan’s Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyz Republic.
This would be the first engagement of its type between India and the Central Asian international locations on the stage of leaders, the Ministry of Exterior Affairs had stated.
The summit is symbolic of the significance connected by the leaders of India and the Central Asian international locations to a complete and enduring India-Central Asia partnership.
The participation of the secretaries of Nationwide Safety Councils of Central Asian international locations within the Regional Safety Dialogue on Afghanistan held in New Delhi in November final 12 months outlined a typical regional strategy on Afghanistan.
The summit is being held a day after the Republic Day which noticed no overseas head of state or authorities because the chief visitor. The leaders of the 5 central Asian international locations had been more likely to be the chief visitor however the countr noticed an increase in COVID-19 instances which led to a curtailed Republic Day celebrations.
The primary India-Central Asia Summit, the MEA had stated, is a mirrored image of the nation’s rising engagement with the Central Asian international locations, that are part of India’s “prolonged neighbourhood”.
Modi had paid a go to to all Central Asian international locations in 2015. Subsequently, there have been exchanges at excessive ranges at bilateral and multilateral boards.
Throughout this summit, the leaders are anticipated to debate steps to take ahead India-Central Asia relations to newer heights, the MEA had stated.
They’re additionally anticipated to trade views on regional and worldwide problems with curiosity, particularly the evolving regional safety scenario.
The inception of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at Overseas Ministers’ stage, the third assembly of which was held in New Delhi from December 18-20, 2021, has supplied an impetus to India-Central Asia relations.