India-Central Asia Dialogue: India, 5 Central Asian nations back inclusive peace process in Afghanistan

India and the five Central Asia nations on January 13, 2019, showed their support for the inclusive peace process in Afghanistan following the first ever India-Central Asia Dialogue. These five Central Asia nations are Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.

The Dialogue was attended by the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan. The Indian side was represented by Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj.

Key Highlights:-

1. The Ministers welcomed the participation of Afghanistan as an important land link in the regional cooperation and expressed their support and commitment to peace, security, and stability of Afghanistan.
2. The countries agreed to promote an inclusive Afghan-led, Afghan-owned peace process and reconciliation.
3. The leaders pledged to assist in the economic reconstruction of Afghanistan through the implementation of joint infrastructure, transit, and transport, energy projects including regional cooperation and investment projects.
4. The heads noted the importance of sustainable economic growth in Afghanistan by attracting Afghan women to participate in the public life of the country.
5. They emphasized the importance of developing and implementing projects that provide a concerted solution to the problems and issues of economic growth of Central Asia.
6. They discussed areas of cooperation in promoting mutual trade, attracting investments, innovations and technologies in key spheres of industry, energy, information technologies, pharmaceuticals and agriculture, education and training.

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