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INDIA-CENTRAL ASIA VIRTUAL SUMMIT

Countries that attended:

  • The Presidents of the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Kazakhstan attended the Summit.

About the Summit:

  • This Summit coincides with the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between India and Central Asian countries.
  • Leaders agreed to institutionalise the Summit by holding it every two years during the Summit.
  • They also agreed on regular meetings of Foreign Ministers, Cultural Ministers, Trade Ministers, and Secretaries of the Security Councils to prepare the basis for the Summit.
  • The India-Central Asia Secretariat will be established in New Delhi to support the new mechanism.

Proposals:

  • Leaders discussed far-reaching proposals to promote cooperation in trade and communications, development partnerships, defence and security, and, in particular, cultural and human relations.
  • These include:
  • the Round-Table on Energy and Connectivity; 
  • Joint Working Groups at the highest official level in Afghanistan and the use of Chabahar Port; 
  • Showcasing Buddhist exhibitions in Central Asian countries and accreditation of India-Central Asia dictionary of common words
  • Joint anti-terrorism exercises
  • 100-year-old youth team visits from Central Asian countries to India 
  • Special courses for Central Asian ambassadors

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