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Prime Minister Modi To Host First India-Central Asia Summit Today

The leaders are expected to contemplate steps to take forward relations to new heights and adjust to the realities of the evolving regional security situation

Photo Credit : Government of India

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File Photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Foreign Ministers of the Central Asian Republics at New Delhi in December 2021

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the inaugural India-Central Asia Summit virtual on Thursday. The leaders are expected to contemplate steps to take forward relations to new heights and adjust to the realities of the evolving regional security situation. 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 will be participating in the virtual summit. 

The Ministry of External Affairs had said that this would be the first engagement of its kind between India and the Central Asian nations at the level of leaders. The summit is representative of the significance accorded by the leaders of India and the Central Asian countries to foster a comprehensive and enduring India-Central Asia partnership. 

The partaking of the secretaries of National Security Councils of Central Asian nations in the Regional Security Dialogue on Afghanistan held in New Delhi in November last year referred to a typical regional approach on Afghanistan. The summit will be held after Republic Day, which saw no foreign head of state or government as the chief guest. The heads of the five Central Asian nations were supposed to be the chief guests; however, the country witnessed a spike in COVID-19 cases, which prompted diminished Republic Day celebrations. 

The MEA said that the India-Central Asia Summit is an impression of the nation's developing commitment with the Central Asian nations, part of India's "extended neighbourhood". PM Modi had visited all Central Asian countries in 2015. In this way, there have been trades at significant levels at bilateral and multilateral forums. The leaders are additionally expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, particularly the advancing regional security situation. The beginning of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at the Foreign Ministers' level, the third gathering of which was held in New Delhi from December 18-20, 2021, has strengthened India-Central Asia relations in recent times.