Foreign Policy Watch- India-Central Asia

First India-Central Asia Dialogue to be held in Uzbekistan


Mains Paper 2: IR | Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: India-Central Asia Dialogue

Mains level: India’s initiatives for enhancing economic cooperation in Central Asia


First India-Central Asia Dialogue

  1. The first India-Central Asia Dialogue will be held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan and will be co-chaired by India’s External Affairs Minister (EAM).
  2. The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan will participate in the dialogue as a special invitee for the session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region.
  3. While the representatives from Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan will represent their respective countries at the event.

Expected outcomes

  1. Bound together through shared history and cultural linkages, India and the Central Asian states look forward to the Dialogue as an important initiative to enhance their cooperation in wide-ranging spheres.
  2. These include exploring ways to substantially enhance India’s economic involvement in business and development sector of Central Asia.
  3. The participants will deliberate on developing viable connectivity options between India and Afghanistan and Central Asia to further facilitate trade and economic activity in the region.
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