National Security Advisors of five Central Asian countries meet PM Modi

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New Delhi, Dec 20 (PTI) Foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries jointly called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday.

These leaders met the Prime Minister a day after attending the third India-Central Asia Dialogue. The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan participated in the dialogue organized by India in Delhi.

National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar were also present during the meeting of these ministers with the Prime Minister.

In the dialogue held on Sunday, India and five Central Asian countries stressed on providing immediate humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan and also emphasized that the Afghan soil should be used for harboring terrorists, training them, planning terrorist activities. not to create or finance them.

The countries involved also reiterated that harboring terrorist groups, indirect use of terrorists for cross-border terrorism, financing of terrorism and propagation of radical ideology are against humanity and the basic principles of international relations.

Referring to regional connectivity initiatives, the countries said that such projects should be based on transparency, comprehensive participation, local priorities, principles of financial sustainability and respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of all countries.

The Ministers discussed the current humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and decided to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people.

The dialogue also discussed the role of the United Nations in Afghanistan, as well as the need to provide immediate humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people, protect the rights of women, children and minorities.

On the fight against terrorism, the Ministers called for the early adoption of the United Nations Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism.

The Foreign Ministers welcomed the inclusion of Chabahar Port under the framework of the International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) and expressed interest in strengthening regional connectivity and cooperation on development-related issues in Central and South Asia.

India’s side in the dialogue, Jaishankar had emphasized on adopting a ‘Four C’ approach i.e. commerce, capacity enhancement, connectivity and connectivity to enhance cooperation between the two sides.

“Today our meeting took place in the midst of a rapidly changing global economy and political situation. The COVID-19 pandemic has dealt a huge blow to global health and the economy.

Of the five Central Asian countries involved in this dialogue, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan share borders with Afghanistan. The national security advisers of these five countries also participated in a regional dialogue on the issue of Afghanistan held on 10 November. It was also attended by the national security advisers of Russia and Iran.

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