India-Central Asia Summit: On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold the first India-Central Asia Summit in an online format. This will be India's first high-level summit with Central Asian countries of its kind. This would be the first summit of its kind between India and Central Asian countries at the level of leaders, according to the Ministry of External Affairs. The summit exemplifies the importance that India's and Central Asia's leaders place on a comprehensive and long-term India-Central Asia partnership. Kazakhstan's Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan's Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Tajikistan's Emomali Rahmon, Turkmenistan's Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and Kyrgyz Republic's Sadyr Japarov will all take part in the virtual summit.
The first India-Central Asia Summit reflects India's increased engagement with Central Asian countries, which are part of India's "extended neighbourhood," according to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs last Wednesday. Modi made a round-the-world trip to Central Asia in 2015. Following it, high-level conversations took place at bilateral and multilateral levels. According to the MEA, the leaders would discuss strategies to take India-Central Asia relations to new heights during this summit. They will also be required to provide their opinions on relevant regional and international issues, particularly the region's evolving security situation. The establishment of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at the level of Foreign Ministers, whose third meeting was held in New Delhi from December 18-20, 2021, has given a boost to India-Central Asia relations.
Prime Minister Modi conducted a historic journey to Central Asia in 2015. Following it, high-level conversations took place at bilateral and multilateral levels. The third session of the India-Central Asia Dialogue, which was conducted in New Delhi from the 18th to the 20th of December 2021, has boosted India-Central Asia relations. The Secretaries of Central Asian National Security Councils' participation in the Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan, held in New Delhi on November 10, 2021, outlined a shared regional approach to Afghanistan. The leaders are likely to discuss strategies to elevate India-Central Asia relations to new heights during the first India-Central Asia Summit. The Summit exemplifies the emphasis that India's and Central Asia's leaders place on a comprehensive and long-term India-Central Asia collaboration.
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