PM Modi to host first meeting of India-Central Asia Summit on Thursday

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be hosting the first meeting of the India-Central Asia Summit in a virtual format on Thursday. Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will participate. Modi had paid a historic visit to all Central Asian countries in 2015.

Subsequently, there have been exchanges at high-levels at bilateral and multilateral forums. Our correspondent reports that the Summit is symbolic of the importance attached by the Leaders of India and the Central Asian countries to a comprehensive and enduring India-Central Asia partnership.

This will be the first engagement of its kind between India and the Central Asian countries at the level of leaders. The summit is a reflection of India’s growing engagement with the Central Asian countries, which are a part of India’s extended neighbourhood.

During the Summit, the leaders are expected to discuss steps to take forward India-Central Asia relations to newer heights. They are also expected to exchange views on regional and international issues of interest, especially the evolving regional security situation.