Participants of “India – Central Asia” dialogue agreed on to cooperate in countering terrorism
The First meeting of “India - Central Asia” Dialogue with participation of Afghanistan at the Ministerial level finished in Samarkand on Sunday.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs press-service released a joint statement of summit’s participants. It is noted that ancient civilisational, cultural, trade, people to people links exist between India and Central Asia. The Ministers emphasized the importance of implementing projects with a concerted solution to the problems and issues of economic growth of the countries of Central Asia based on mutual benefit and respect.
The key position of the statement is that sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in countering terrorism which posed a threat to the people and economies of the world.
Heads of Foreign Ministries discussed areas of cooperation in mutual trade, investments, innovations and technologies in industry, energy, information technologies, pharmaceuticals and agriculture, education and training.
In terms of cooperation in development of transit and transport-communication potential of the countries of Central Asia, the sides welcomed the accession of India into the Ashgabat agreement on creating an International transport and transit corridor.
The importance of creating regional tourist routes and combined tours in the countries of Central Asia was noted as a key for tourism development.
The Participants agreed to continue holding the “India – Central Asia” Dialogue with participation of Afghanistan at the level of Foreign Ministers on a regular basis and agreed to meet in this format in New Delhi in 2020.
Photo by Anvar Ilyasov.
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