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Sushma Swaraj to attend first India-Central Asia Dialogue

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Continuing with increasing engagements with Central Asia, Swaraj will attend the first-ever India-Dialogue to be held in Samarkhand, Uzbekistan, on January 12-13, it was announced on Wednesday.

According to a statement issued by the External Affairs Ministry, Swaraj will co-chair the Dialogue along with Uzbek

While the of will participate in the Dialogue as a special invitee for a session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region, the Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan, and and the First of will represent their respective countries.

"Bound together through shared history and cultural linkages, and the Central Asian states look forward to the Dialogue as an important initiative to enhance their cooperation in wide-ranging spheres including exploring ways to substantially enhance India's economic involvement in business and development sector of Central Asia," the statement said.

"With the participation of Afghanistan, the participants of the Dialogue will also deliberate on developing viable connectivity options between and and to further facilitate trade and economic activity in the region."

visited all the five Central Asian countries in 2015 while Swaraj visited the region in August last.

According to the Ministry statement, the India-Dialogue, with the participation of Afghanistan, is expected to strengthen India's engagement, including political, economic, development partnership and cultural, with all the Central Asian countries and take it to a new level.

is part of the 7,200-km International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC), a of ship, rail and road routes for moving freight between India, Iran, Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Central Asia and

India, and are also jointly developing the on the southeastern coast of that is going to be a vital link in the INSTC.

is investing $500 million to develop it and a road link from there to Afghanistan to give access to that country, bypassing



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First Published: Wed, January 09 2019. 21:52 IST