The first meeting of the Central Asia-India Dialogue discussed the possibilities for further strengthening cooperation

The first meeting of the “Central Asia-India Dialogue” at the level of foreign ministers was held on January 12-13, 2019 in Samarkand (Uzbekistan). The meeting was attended by the heads of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, India, Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, according to the website of the Foreign Ministry of Turkmenistan.

During the meeting, opportunities for further strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other areas were discussed. During the meeting, the sides discussed issues of strengthening peace, sustainable development and well-being in Afghanistan. Participants also noted the importance of large-scale projects, such as TAPI, in ensuring security in Afghanistan. Following the meeting, a joint statement was adopted.

In addition, during the working visit, the delegation of Turkmenistan held bilateral meetings. In particular, on January 12, the meeting of the Vice-Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov took place, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan reported.

During the conversation, the heads of the foreign affairs agencies stressed that due to the firm political will of the heads of two states, the Uzbek-Turkmen strategic partnership is dynamically and fruitfully developing in the spirit of good-neighborliness, friendship and mutual understanding. The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached during the state visit of the President of Turkmenistan to Uzbekistan on April 23-24, 2018.

Regarding the prospects for expanding bilateral trade and economic relations, the ministers noted the dynamic growth of trade, which increased by 53% in January-November 2014 compared with the corresponding period of 2017.

The meeting considered proposals for the creation on a reciprocal basis of favorable conditions for commodity producers in the markets of the two countries, the intensification of interregional cooperation, and the development of transit and transport corridors in the region. The ministers stressed their interest in successfully holding the upcoming consultative meeting of the Heads of State of Central Asia in Tashkent.

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