The foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan met in Delhi today for the third round of discussions between India and Central Asian countries. The third edition of India’s dialogue with the five Central Asian countries focused on Afghanistan’s status, connectivity, and the promotion of development-oriented cooperation. During this, India’s External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, stated that India and Afghanistan have a close friendship.
India has deep ties with Afghanistan: Jaishankar
“We all have a deep bond with Afghanistan,” stated External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar. We all desire a representative administration in Afghanistan, as well as a struggle against terrorism and preservation of women’s, children’s, and minority rights.
“Covid has hit all countries,” S Jaishankar stated of the corona virus epidemic. More than 90 countries have received the vaccination from India.
India focusing on expanding cooperation
India has been focusing on strengthening its overall collaboration with the energy-rich Central Asian countries that make up its extended neighbourhood during the last few years. Recent events in Afghanistan have highlighted the importance of West Asian countries, three of which share borders with the war-torn country: Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
On November 10, National Security Advisors from all five West Asian countries took part in a regional debate on Afghanistan hosted by India. Russia’s and Iran’s national security advisers were also present.
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