The first ministerial meeting in Samarkand is over

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- On 12-13 January 2019, the first meeting of the foreign ministers of the Dialogue “India-Central Asia” with the participation of Afghanistan was held in Samarkand, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan said in a statement.

The meeting, held in the Samarkand Palace of the Forums, was chaired by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India Sushma Svaraj.

At the plenary session, the heads of the foreign affairs agencies of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Beibut Atamkulov, the Kyrgyz Republic - Chingiz Aidarbekov, the Republic of Tajikistan - Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Turkmenistan - Rashid Meredov discussed a wide range of issues aimed at expanding friendly and mutually beneficial relations between India and the Central Asian countries in two and multilateral formats

Particular attention was paid to measures to promote mutual trade, prospects for strengthening cooperation in attracting investment, innovation and technology to the regional economies, developing the transit and transport and communication potential of Central Asian states, increasing tourist trips, and implementing specific joint projects in the fields of science. , medicine, education and sports.

In the speeches of the heads of delegations, important attention was paid to implementation of joint youth projects, taking into account the resolution of the UN General Assembly "Education and Religious Tolerance."

A delegation of Afghanistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Salahuddin Rabbani took part in the work of the separate plenary session of the Dialogue.

The foreign ministers of the India-Central Asia Dialogue welcomed the participation of a representative Afghan delegation at their first meeting and stressed their commitment to promoting the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan through joint infrastructure, transit, energy and other projects that contribute to the country’s integration into the system of regional and world economic relations. .

The readiness to cooperate in preparation for the Eighth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RESSA VIII), scheduled for the second half of 2019 in Tashkent, was reaffirmed.

The heads of delegations drew attention to significant potential for joint initiatives to intensify direct contacts between the business communities of the Dialogue countries, in the implementation of cultural events, educational and research projects with Afghanistan, expressed their intention to facilitate the participation of the Afghan side in international youth forums, festivals, competitions , scientific conferences, exhibitions and other joint events.

As a result of the founding Summit, a Joint Statement was adopted, which reported on the launch of the India-Central Asia Dialogue at the level of foreign ministers.

In general, the outcome of the ministerial meeting testifies to the common opinion and approaches to the establishment and development of a multifaceted, mutually beneficial and fruitful cooperation in the Dialogue format. It was agreed to continue holding the Dialogue at the level of foreign ministers on a regular basis.

The heads of the foreign affairs agencies accepted the invitation of Minister Sushma Svaraj to hold the next ministerial meeting in 2020 in India.

The participants in their speeches noted the deep symbolism that the first meeting of the Dialogue took place in ancient Samarkand, which for centuries played an active role in the broad political, economic, cultural and humanitarian interaction of Central Asia with the Indian subcontinent.

At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Svaraj spoke to representatives of domestic and foreign media.

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