NEW DELHI: On Wednesday, the External Affairs Minister of India Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar will join an official virtual conference with several other Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries and hold discussions concerning improvements in connectivity and trade relations between the participating countries.

The virtual meet will be attended by the Foreign Ministers of Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan. Apart from that, the Acting Foreign Minister of Afghanistan Mohammed Haneef Atmar is also said to be participating in the meeting as a special member.

Apparently, India along with the other mentioned countries are working cooperatively towards starting an ‘air corridor’ that will help in uplifting connectivity which in return will boost the international trade relations between these countries.

According to an official statement released by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), “The Ministers will exchange views on a wide gamut of areas including political, security, economic and commercial, humanitarian and cultural spheres as well as on regional and international issues of mutual interest.”

This, however, is the second holding of official meet between India and Central Asia country members. Earlier in 2019, India along with Uzbekistan had jointly organized the first dialogue in Samarkand (Uzbekistan) which had served as a strong platform to exchange views in various fields and strengthen relations between the various member countries.


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