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Regional summit discusses security, sustainable development

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 development.

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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