PM Modi to meet Central Asian leaders virtually


New Delhi, Jan 19 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host the first India-Central Asia Summit in virutal format on January 27. Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will participate in the virtual meet. This will be the first engagement of its kind between India and the Central Asian countries at the level of leaders. The state heads of central Asian countries were invited to grace the Republic Day celebrations but was forced to cancel it owing to the Corona situation. In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said: "The first India-Central Asia Summit is a reflection of India's growing engagement with the Central Asian countries, which are a part of India's Extended Neighbourhood". PM Modi paid a historic visit to all Central Asian countries in 2015. Subsequently, there have been exchanges at high-levels at bilateral and multilateral forums. The inception of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at Foreign Ministers' level, the 3rd meeting of which was held in New Delhi from 18-20 December 2021, has provided an impetus to India-Central Asia relations', the statement read. During the first India-Central Asia Summit, the leaders are expected to discuss steps to take forward India-Central Asia relations to newer heights. They are also likely to exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, especially the evolving regional security situation. /IANS


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