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India’s Modi Hosts Virtual Summit With Central Asian Leaders

  • The summit is the first between New Delhi and the region
  • India is engaging Central Asia to stay relevant in Afghanistan
Narendra Modi
Narendra ModiPhotographer: T. Narayan/Bloomberg
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledged closer ties and security cooperation with five Central Asian nations as he hosted their leaders at a virtual summit days after neighbor and rival China hosted a similar meeting.

“Stronger cooperation between India and Central Asia is necessary for regional security and stability,” Modi said at Thursday’s meeting, adding that Afghanistan under the Taliban raised major “security concerns,” which affected India and Central Asian countries equally.