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Swaraj on 2-day visit to Uzbekistan; to attend first India-Central Asia Dialogue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Saturday left for 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

The Dialogue, being held in Samarkand, will be co-chaired by Swaraj and Uzbekistan's

The of will also participate in the dialogue as a special invitee for the session dedicated to connectivity issues in the region, the (MEA) said.

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

"Building upon shared history & culture. EAM @SushmaSwaraj emplanes for Samarkand to participate at 1st India-Dialogue. EAM will co-chair Dialogue with Uzbek Foreign Minister Kamilov. Foreign Ministers from other Central Asian countries and will attend," MEA tweeted minutes before Swaraj left for

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 MEA had said on Wednesday.

With Afghanistan 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. 17:20 IST