We consider Central Asia as India’s ‘extended neighbourhood’ : Jaishankar

India and Central Asia share ancient historical and cultural linkages. We consider Central Asia as India’s ‘extended neighbourhood’. We share a common geography which facilitated continuous exchange of people, ideas and goods in both directions and left indelible imprints on our customs, traditions and languages.
A new chapter in our relationship began nearly 30 years ago after the emergence of independent Central Asian countries. India was one of the first countries to establish diplomatic relations with the Central Asian countries. Our relationship has grown since from strength to strength.

As developing countries, we share common perspectives on opportunities and challenges for the development of our countries and the prosperity of our people. We also share commonality of views on various regional and international issues. We face common challenges of terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and such other issues. All these commonalities make us a natural partner in our developmental journey.

Excerpts of EAM’s Welcome Remarks at the 2nd Meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue on October 28, 2020

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