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Swaraj in Uzbekistan to attend India-Central Asia Dialogue; meets Uzbek FM Kamilov

Press Trust of India  |  Samarkand (Uzbekistan) 

on Saturday held talks with and discussed measures for stepping up bilateral cooperation in a number of areas, including trade, economy, defence and IT.

Swaraj arrived in the ancient city of on Saturday on a two-day visit to to attend the first India-Dialogue, which is expected to focus on a plethora of regional issues including enhancing connectivity to war-ravaged

Swaraj was received by Uzbek Kamilov at the airport here. The two leaders held talks at here and discussed stepping up cooperation in trade, economy, health, education, defence, space, IT and people-to-people ties, tweeted.

The said that first-ever India-Dialogue, with Afghan participation, "will take India's outreach to the region to a new high."

The Dialogue will be co-chaired by Swaraj and Kamilov. The of will also participate in the dialogue as a special invitee for the session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region.

Foreign ministers of Kyrgyz Republic, and and the First of will also participate in the dialogue.

Bound together by 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 had said on Wednesday.

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

had visited five Central Asian countries in 2015 with an aim to deepen India's engagement with the hydrocarbon rich region.

Swaraj visited the region last August.

Officials said the India-Central Asia Dialogue, with the participation of Afghanistan, is expected to take India's engagement with all the countries of the region to a new level.

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First Published: Sat, January 12 2019. 21:50 IST