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Cooperation between India and Central Asia necessary for regional security: PM

By FnF Correspondent | PUBLISHED: 27, Jan 2022, 19:02 pm IST | UPDATED: 27, Jan 2022, 19:02 pm IST

Cooperation between India and Central Asia necessary for regional security: PM

New Delhi: As he hosted the first India-Central Asia Summit in a virtual format, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday (January 27) that Central Asia is central to India's vision of an integrated and stable extended neighbourhood. "Today's summit has three goals. First, to emphasise that mutual cooperation between India and Central Asia is necessary for regional security and prosperity. I want to make it clear that Central Asia is central to India's vision of an integrated and stable neighbourhood. The second goal of today's meeting is to give an effective structure to our cooperation, which will pave the way for the establishment of a platform for regular interaction among all stakeholders. The third goal is to prepare an ambitious roadmap for our cooperation, which will enable us to adopt an integrated approach for regional connectivity and cooperation," PM Modi said at the summit.

In his initial remarks at the summit, Modi said, "We all are concerned about the Afghan situation and this makes cooperation between India and Central Asia all the more important for regional stability and security."

The virtual summit saw the participation of five presidents - Kazakhstan's Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan's Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Emomali Rahmon of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan's Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Sadyr Japarov of Kyrgyz Republic. The Prime Minister called for defining an ambitious vision for cooperation between India and Central Asia in the coming years. Mutual cooperation between India and Central Asia is essential for regional security and prosperity, Modi said.

the level of leaders. The first India-Central Asia Summit, the MEA had said, is a reflection of the country's growing engagement with the Central Asian countries, which are a part of India's "extended neighbourhood".

Modi had paid a visit to all Central Asian countries in 2015. Subsequently, there have been exchanges at high levels at bilateral and multilateral forums. 

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