On 28 October 2020 by the initiative of India the 2nd Central Asia-India Dialogue was held in digital video-conference format. At the meeting Minsters of Foreign Affairs of the Dialogue member states and the Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan attended.
The sides discussed the further strengthening of cooperation between India and Central Asian countries in political and security spheres, promoting connectivity and developing partnership in the region as well as deepening of the Trade Economic Cooperation.
In his statement, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan noted that, it is very important for Tajikistan to have a cooperation with India, particularly in the frame of the India – Central Asia Dialogue. It was expressed that Tajikistan recognizes the Dialogue as an important tool for development and strengthening cooperation among the member states.
At the meeting the sides emphasized the importance of connecting roads in order to increase the regional trade as well as to make the peoples of India and Central Asia closer. At the same time, the parties decided to further develop the transit and transport potential of the region.
Mr. Sirojiddin Muhriddin touched upon the issues of regional cooperation, implementation of the projects in the energy sphere, industrial and agricultural sectors, as well as stressed the importance of expanding export opportunities and free movement of goods.
The members noted the importance of expanding regional cooperation in the field of health care, culture, education and tourism. Regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, the parties called for joint measures to prevent further spread of the disease and to restore sustainable socio-economic development of the region.
Ministers discussed the establishment of peace in Afghanistan and welcomed the participation of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan in the Dialogue as a transit state which plays an important role in connecting countries and expanding regional cooperation in the field of transportation of goods and energy.
In the end of the meeting, a Joint Statement on the outcomes of the 2nd India-Central Asia Dialogue was adopted.