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India-Central Asia Summit | First India-Central Asia Summit Held Virtually

India-Central Asia Summit– Relevance for UPSC Exam

  • GS Paper 2: International Relations- Bilateral, regional and global groupings and agreements involving India and/or affecting India’s interests.

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India-Central Asia Summit- Context

  • Recently, first India-Central Asia Summit was hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi with the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
  • This first India-Central Asia coincided with the 30thanniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Central Asian countries.
  • A comprehensive Joint Declaration was adopted by the leaders that enumerate their common vision for an enduring and comprehensive India-Central Asia partnership.

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First India-Central Asia Virtual Summit- Key Points

  • About: India-Central Asia Summit was held virtually between India and Central Asian Countries.
  • Institutionalization of India-Central Asia Summit: India and central Asian Countries agreed to institutionalize the Summit mechanism by deciding to hold India-Central Asia Summit every 2 years.
    • They also agreed on regular meetings of Foreign Ministers, Trade Ministers, Culture Ministers and Secretaries of the Security Council to prepare the groundwork for the Summit meetings.
  • India-Central Asia Secretariat: At First India-Central Asia Virtual Summit, it was decided to set up an India-Central Asia Secretariat in New Delhi to support the new India-Central Asia Summit mechanism.
  • Cooperation in Other Areas: At the first India-Central Asia Virtual Summit, the leaders discussed proposals to further cooperation in areas of trade and connectivity, development cooperation, defence and security and, cultural and people-to-people contacts. These include-
    • Round-Table on Energy and Connectivity;
    • Joint Working Groups at senior official level on Afghanistan and use of Chabahar Port;
    • Showcasing of Buddhist exhibitions in Central Asian countries,
    • Commissioning of an India-Central Asia dictionary of common words,
    • Joint counter-terrorism exercises,
    • Visit of 100 members youth delegation annually from Central Asian countries to India and
    • Special courses for Central Asian diplomats.
  • Discussion on Afghanistan Situation: The leaders reiterated their strong support for a peaceful, secure and stable Afghanistan with a truly representative and inclusive government.
    • Prime Minister conveyed India’s continued commitment to providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.


3rd India-Central Asia Dialogue: Afghanistan Meet

3rd India-Central Asia Dialogue: Afghanistan Meet

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