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Swaraj to visit Uzbekistan for 1st India-Central Asia Dialogue

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

will pay a two-day visit to from Saturday for the first India-Dialogue during which key regional issues including enhancing connectivity with will be discussed, the said Thursday.

Swaraj will be in Samarkand for the First India-Dialogue which she will co-chair with Uzbekistan's

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

Foreign ministers of the 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 MEA 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, it said.

Following Narendra Modi's landmark visit to all the five Central Asian countries in 2015 and the external affairs minister's tour last August, the India-Central Asia Dialogue, with the participation of Afghanistan, is expected to strengthen India's engagement with all the countries of the region and take it to a new level.

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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 21:15 IST