New Delhi. Afghanistan India and India on Sunday regarding the human rights situation in Pakistan They will hold conferences and talks with the major stakeholders of their respective regions. foreign Minister S Jaishankar Will host the third meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue in New Delhi on Sunday. Foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan will participate in this meeting. Their last meeting was organized by India through video-conferencing in October 2020. Out of these five countries, the borders of three countries Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are connected with Afghanistan.
On Sunday, Pakistan is going to host the 17th session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Islamabad. In this regard, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that he is hopeful that they will reach a consensus on measures to improve the situation in Afghanistan.
Significantly, the foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries are also members of the OIC group and they will not attend the meeting in Islamabad to attend the talks in New Delhi. The talks on Sunday will also set the stage for the presence of leaders of these five Central Asian countries at the Republic Day celebrations next month. Among them are Kasim-Jomart Tokayev of Kazakhstan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan, Emomali Rahman of Tajikistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedo of Turkmenistan and Sadir Zaparov Shahtal of Kyrgyzstan.
There has been an active engagement between India and these five Central Asian countries since 2012. India considers them a part of India’s extended neighbourhood. Jaishankar visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan this year and met the foreign minister of Turkmenistan in October 2021.
In Sunday’s meeting, the ministers are expected to discuss further strengthening ties with India with a focus on trade, connectivity and development cooperation. The Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that they would also exchange views on regional and international issues of mutual interest. The five foreign ministers are expected to hold a joint courtesy call on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Jaishankar, who met Tajikistan’s Sirozhideen Muhariddin on Saturday, said, “As neighbors of Afghanistan, we are deeply concerned about the developments there.” And the participation of the Secretary of the Security Council of Tajikistan in the regional security dialogue is something that is highly appreciated. He publicly thanked India for Tajikistan’s support during the evacuation of Indians and some members of minority communities from Afghanistan in August and September.
Sunday’s meeting is also a reminder of the November 10 regional security talks on Afghanistan, for which the NSAs of these five countries were in Delhi along with people from Russia and Iran. In that meeting organized by NSA Ajit Doval, everyone had expressed concern over the current situation in Afghanistan.
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