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India-Central Asia Dialogue                                                                  

18th December, 2021 International Relations

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Context: Third India-Central Asia Dialogue to begin today in New Delhi. India considers Central Asia as part of its extended neighbourhood.

About India-Central Asia Dialogue

  • India is hosting the 3-day Dialogue.
  • It is expected to discuss further strengthening of relations between India and Central Asian countries with particular focus on trade, connectivity and development cooperation.
  • Participating leaders will also exchange views on regional and international issues of mututal interest.
  • The second India-Central Asia Dialogue was also organised by India in October last year via video conferencing.
  • The holding of the Annual Meetings of the India Central Asia Dialogue is symbolic of the interest on part of all member countries for greater engagement between them in a spirit of friendship, trust and mutual understanding.


  • 1st meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue was held in 2019 in
  • Outcome: It established a platform for strengthening cooperation between India and the Central Asian countries in political, security, economic and commercial, development partnership, humanitarian and cultural spheres as well as exchanging views on regional and international issues of mutual interest and enhancing cooperation under the framework of UN and other multilateral fora.
  • Importance: It called for building a comprehensive and enduring India-Central Asia partnership on the basis of their historical, cultural and civilizational bonds as well as traditionally close people-to-people contacts.

Key outcomes of 2nd meet:

  • It emphasized the need to continue close cooperation between the Sanitary and Epidemiological Services of India and the Central Asian countries in the fight against Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Launch of the India-Central Asia Business Council (ICABC) in New Delhi.