Question: Which country will host the first India- Central Asia Dialogue?
- Central Asian country Uzbekistan will host the first the First India- Central Asia Dialogue in the city of Samarkand.
- This will take place on January 12 and 13, 2019 and will be co-chaired by Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov.
- The Foreign Minister of Afghanistan will participate as a special invitee in a session dedicated to connectivity issue in the region. Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan and the First Deputy Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan will also represent their respective countries.
- This initiative is an important steps in promoting cooperation seeing the shared history and cultural heritage of India and Central Asia and will explore ways to substantially enhance India
s involvement in business and development sector in Central Asia.
This dialogue came after the landmark visit of PM Narendra Modi to all five Central Asian countries in 2015 and Foreign Ministers Central Asia tour in August 2018. This dialogue, along with participation of Afghanistan, will strengthen India`s engagement with Central Asia across all sectors.