As highlighted by the Prime Minister at the World Sufi

As highlighted by the Prime Minister at the World Sufi

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As highlighted by the Prime Minister at the World Sufi
Forum here, Islamic civilisation stands on the bedrock of a great religion which espouses peace, diversity and the equality of faith.
“The highest ideals of Islam have always rejected the forces of terrorism and extremism, and together with Central Asia, India would like to work towards the revival of this glorious heritage,” Mehta said.
During the two-day event, experts from various countries will deliberate on impact of changing global dynamics in the region and discuss ways to boost multilateral cooperation.
Zilola Karimova, Head of Middle East Division, Information-analytical Centre for International Relations in Tashkent, said “the relationship in the region should be based on cooperation and not competition.”
Central Asia, in the modern context, generally includes five countries — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The first India-Central Asia Dialogue was held in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyz Republic in 2012, second in Alamaty, Kazakhstan in 2013 and third in Dushanbe, capital city of Tajikistan in 2014.
Mehta said India had elaborated the elements of ‘Connect Central Asia’ in Bishkek in 2012 and in that context, the annual India-Central Asia Dialogue provides a platform for scholarly discussions, which is a valuable supplement to governmental level bilateral and multilateral engagements.
“This fourth dialogue in Delhi is an occasion to review progress and perhaps update the agenda and explore and add new ideas for the future,” she added.
“I would like to offer condolences to Uzbek colleagues at the passing away of the late President Islam Karimov of Uzbekistan in September this year. He was widely respected and admired in India, and had contributed greatly to strengthening our relations,” she said.
Furthermore, the dialogue and discussion is being taken beyond the four walls to webinar platform, Mehta said.
In pursuing such initiatives we would like to draw on a “most valuable asset”. That relations between India and Central Asia are civilisational is something that we know intuitively it is so intrinsic to our reality, she said.
“There is great potential to create regional economic corridors and networks of roads, railways, energy grids and of market integration all of which requires cooperative endeavour,” she said.
“I should like to note that in the first such Dialogue we had noted that the political warmth and proximity between us was not equally manifest in the scale of economic exchanges between us and that we need to work for a convergence between these two aspects,” she added.
“At this juncture India would hope to participate in these national celebrations through a range of events also marking 25 years of our diplomatic relations… I would like to close by expressing the hope that we may arrange exchanges of visits by young people who were born in the year we established diplomatic relations,” she said. PTI KND
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