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India-Central Asia Summit on January 27

International Desk
|  20 Jan 2022, 20:12
India-Central Asia Summit on January 27
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ET was the first to report that the maiden India-Central Asia summit could be held on January 27, after it was decided that due to the new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the five Central Asian leaders could not be present for January 26 celebrations and the Summit in person.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit, with the participation of the Presidents of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, in a virtual format on January 27. This will be the first engagement of its kind between India and the Central Asian countries at the level of leaders.

ET was the first to report that the maiden India-Central Asia summit could be held on January 27, after it was decided that due to the new wave of the Covid-19 pandemic, the five Central Asian leaders could not be present for January 26 celebrations and the Summit in person.

The leaders are expected to discuss steps to take forward India-Central Asia relations to newer heights, according to a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs. They are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, especially the evolving regional security situation, officials said, indicating that the Afghan situation will figure high on the agenda.

The inception of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at Foreign Ministers' level, the third meeting of which was held in New Delhi on December 18-20, 2021, has provided an impetus to relations.

Source: The Economic Times

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