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PM Narendra Modi outlines stronger ties at India-Central Asia meet

Deepening connectivity, trade and economic relations, including a joint working group on Chabahar Port, were discussed at the first India-Central Asia summit hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM Narendra Modi at the first meeting of India Central Asia Summit, through video conferencing, on Thursday. Photo: PTI
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PM Narendra Modi at the first meeting of India Central Asia Summit, through video conferencing, on Thursday. Photo: PTI

Aditi Phadnis New Delhi
A new institutionalised summit-level dialogue between India and the five Central Asian Republics (CARs) —Kazakhstan, Kyrgy¬zstan, Tajikistan, Turk¬menistan, and Uzbekistan — was flagged off at a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Presidents of the CARs, the first-ever, at which deepening connectivity, trade and economic ties were discussed, including a joint working group (JWG) on Chabahar Port.

The India-CAR summit came days after a similar summit held between Chinese Premier Xi Jinping and the CARs. Afghanistan and the ‘extended neighbourhood’ featured prominently in the discussions, and a JWG of officials will be instituted on Afghanistan. However

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First Published: Jan 28 2022 | 12:39 AM IST

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