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India, Afghanistan, Central Asian nations agree to cooperate in countering terror

Press Trust of India  |  Samarkand (Uzbekistan) 

and five Central Asian countries along with on Sunday condemned in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in countering the menace which poses a threat to people across the world.

This was part of a joint statement issued at the end of the first ever meeting of the India-Dialogue which also saw the participation of at the ministerial level in Samarkand.

along with the foreign ministers of Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, and took part in the meeting.

"All sides condemned in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in countering which posed a threat to the people and economies of the world," the statement said.

It referred to the ancient civilisational, cultural, trade, and people-to-people links between and and expressed commitment to dynamic and fruitful friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation between and the Central Asian countries at bilateral and multilateral formats.

"The countries reaffirmed their willingness for cooperation, mutual support, on relevant issues in order to ensure security, stability and sustainable development," the statement said.

The ministers welcomed the participation of in the India-Dialogue as an important land link in the regional cooperation, transit of goods and and expressed support and commitment of Central Asian countries and India to peace, security and stability of Afghanistan.

They also called for an inclusive Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and reconciliation, and assistance in economic reconstruction of Afghanistan through the implementation of joint infrastructure, transit and transport, projects including regional cooperation and investment projects, the statement said.

The ministers noted the importance of sustainable economic growth in Afghanistan by attracting Afghan women to participate in the public life of the country and welcomed the successful holding of forums and conferences on this issue in the countries of Central Asia.

They also noted the results of the seventh Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII), held in in November 2017, and expressed willingness to cooperate in preparation for the RECCA VIII meet in in the second half of 2019.

The participants welcomed the accession of India into the agreement on creating an international transport and transit corridor.

The ministers emphasised the importance of developing and implementing projects, that provide a to the problems and issues of economic growth of the countries of Central Asia based on the principles of equality, mutual benefit and respect for their interests.

The statement said the nations expressed their intention to strengthen cooperation in order to create real opportunities for expanding economic cooperation, and ensuring favourable conditions for mutual free trade.

They discussed promising opportunities and areas of cooperation in promoting mutual trade, attracting investments, innovations and technologies in key spheres of industry, energy, information technologies, and agriculture, education and training.

They also highlighted the importance of concerted efforts to improve the investment climate and the market attractiveness of the region's economy, business opportunities of the Central Asian countries on the world stage.

The statement said special attention was paid to the need to expand and establish direct mutually beneficial economic and cultural ties between the regions and cities of India and the countries of Central Asia and expressed their intention to contribute to this direction.

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First Published: Sun, January 13 2019. 17:35 IST