New Delhi: The third meeting of the two-day India-Central Asia dialogue will take place today in New Delhi between the foreign ministers of India and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan , Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. It should be noted that the five Central Asian foreign ministers are visiting New Delhi at the invitation of their Indian counterpart Dr S Jaishankar, despite the global uncertainty caused by Omicron, a new variant of the coronavirus.
This demonstrates the importance these countries place on their relations with India. The fact that the visit of the five Central Asian foreign ministers coincides with the visit of the national security advisers / secretaries of these countries to Delhi for the Delhi Regional Security Dialogue demonstrates the vitality of the India-Central Asia partnership.
It should be noted that India’s relations with Central Asia have taken a decisive turn since Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in 2014. In July 2015, a little over a year after he took office. function as Prime Minister of India, he became the first Prime Minister of India. The minister will visit the five Central Asian states. Prior to his visit, India had only made four Prime Minister’s visits to the region in the past 20 years! Central Asia is part of India’s extended neighborhood, with which it has historical, cultural and civilizational ties stretching back thousands of years.
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