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Regional summit discusses security, sustainable development

14 Jan 2019 Afghanistan Times

AT Monitoring Desk-KABUL:  The first meeting of “India – Central Asia” Dialogue with participation of Afghanistan at the Ministerial level took place on Sunday in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz,

Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the meeting, where they

reaffirmed the willingness for cooperation, mutual support, joint solution on

relevant issues in order to ensure security, stability and sustainable


According to a statement released by Uzbek Foreign Ministry,

all sides condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to

cooperate in countering terrorism which posed a threat to the people and

economies of the world.

The Ministers emphasized the importance of developing and

implementing projects based on the principles of equality, mutual benefit and

respect for their interests as well as to strengthen cooperation in order to

create real opportunities for expanding economic cooperation, ensuring

favorable conditions for mutual free trade, the statement added.

Ministers noted interest in further deepening cooperation in

development of transit and transport-communication potential of the countries

of Central Asia, improving the transport and logistics system of the region,

promoting joint initiatives to create regional and international transport

corridors, the statement added.

The Heads of Foreign Ministries also accentuated on the

importance of sustainable economic growth in Afghanistan by attracting Afghan

women to participate in the public life of the country and welcomed the

successful holding of forums and conferences on this issue in the countries of

Central Asia.

The Participants agreed to continue holding the “India –

Central Asia” Dialogue with participation of Afghanistan at the level of

Foreign Ministers on a regular basis and agreed to meet in this format in New

Delhi in 2020.

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