In­dia, Afghanistan, Cen­tral Asian na­tions to fight ter­ror­ism jointly

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SA­MARKAND (Uzbek­istan), Jan 13 (PTI)

IN­DIA and five Cen­tral Asian coun­tries along with Afghanistan on Sun­day con­demned ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions and agreed to co­op­er­ate in coun­ter­ing the men­ace which poses a threat to peo­ple across the world.

This was part of a joint state­ment is­sued at the end of the first ever meet­ing of the In­dia-Cen­tral Asia Di­a­logue which also saw the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Afghanistan at the min­is­te­rial level in Sa­markand. Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj along with the For­eign Min­is­ters of Afghanistan, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyz Repub­lic, Ta­jik­istan, Turk­menistan and Uzbek­istan took part in the meet­ing.

“All sides con­demned ter­ror­ism in all its forms and man­i­fes­ta­tions and agreed to co­op­er­ate in coun­ter­ing ter­ror­ism which posed a threat to the peo­ple and economies of the world,” the state­ment said.

It re­ferred to the an­cient civil­i­sa­tional, cul­tural, trade, and peo­ple-to-peo­ple links be­tween In­dia and Cen­tral Asia and ex­pressed com­mit­ment to dy­namic and fruit­ful friendly re­la­tions and mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion be­tween In­dia and the Cen­tral Asian coun­tries at bi­lat­eral and mul­ti­lat­eral for­mats.

“The coun­tries reaf­firmed their

will­ing­ness for co­op­er­a­tion, mu­tual sup­port, joint so­lu­tion on rel­e­vant is­sues in order to en­sure se­cu­rity, sta­bil­ity and sus­tain­able devel­op­ment,” the state­ment said.

The Min­is­ters wel­comed the par­tic­i­pa­tion of Afghanistan in the In­dia-Cen­tral Asia Di­a­logue as an im­por­tant land link in the re­gional co­op­er­a­tion, tran­sit of goods and en­ergy and ex­pressed sup­port and com­mit­ment of Cen­tral Asian coun­tries and In­dia to peace, se­cu­rity and sta­bil­ity of Afghanistan.

They also called for an in­clu­sive Afghan-led and Afghanowned peace process and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and as­sis­tance in eco­nomic re­con­struc­tion of Afghanistan through the im­ple­men­ta­tion of joint in­fra­struc­ture, tran­sit and trans­port, en­ergy projects in­clud­ing re­gional co­op­er­a­tion and in­vest­ment projects, the state­ment said.

The Min­is­ters noted the im­por­tance of sus­tain­able eco­nomic growth in Afghanistan by at­tract­ing Afghan women to par­tic­i­pate in the pub­lic life of the coun­try and wel­comed the suc­cess­ful hold­ing of fo­rums and con­fer­ences on this is­sue in the coun­tries of Cen­tral Asia.

They also noted the re­sults of the seventh Re­gional Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion Con­fer­ence on Afghanistan (RECCA VII), held in Ash­ga­bat in Novem­ber 2017, and ex­pressed will­ing­ness to co­op­er­ate in prepa­ra­tion for the RECCA VIII meet in Tashkent in the se­cond half of 2019.

The par­tic­i­pants wel­comed the ac­ces­sion of In­dia into the Ash­ga­bat agree­ment on cre­at­ing an in­ter­na­tional trans­port and tran­sit cor­ri­dor.

The Min­is­ters em­pha­sised the im­por­tance of de­vel­op­ing and im­ple­ment­ing projects, that pro­vide a con­certed so­lu­tion to the prob­lems and is­sues of eco­nomic growth of the coun­tries of Cen­tral Asia based on the prin­ci­ples of equal­ity, mu­tual ben­e­fit and re­spect for their in­ter­ests.

The state­ment said the na­tions ex­pressed their in­ten­tion to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion in order to cre­ate real op­por­tu­ni­ties for ex­pand­ing eco­nomic co­op­er­a­tion, and en­sur­ing favourable con­di­tions for mu­tual free trade.

IN­DIA COM­MIT­TED TO ECO­NOMIC RE­CON­STRUC­TION OF AFGHANISTAN: SWARAJ: In­dia on Sun­day said it was com­mit­ted to the eco­nomic re­con­struc­tion of Afghanistan and to pro­mote an in­clu­sive “Afghan­led, Afghan-owned and Afghan-con­trolled” peace and rec­on­cil­i­a­tion process in the war-torn coun­try.

“I would like to specif­i­cally point out that our re­gion is fac­ing se­ri­ous chal­lenges posed by ter­ror­ism. In­dia, Cen­tral Asia and Afghanistan are so­ci­eties which are tol­er­ant and plu­ral. The ide­ol­ogy of hate which the ter­ror­ists would like to spread has no place in our so­ci­eties,” Swaraj said while ad­dress­ing the first ses­sion of the di­a­logue.

“We also need to ask that who these ter­ror­ists are, who funds them, how do they find sus­te­nance, who pro­tects and spon­sors them,” she said.

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Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter Sushma Swaraj along with the For­eign Min­is­ters of Afghanistan, Kaza­khstan, Kyr­gyz Repub­lic, Ta­jik­istan, Turk­menistan and Uzbek­istan take part in In­dia-Cen­tral Asia Di­a­logue on Sun­day in Sa­markand, Uzbek­istan.

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