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26 May 2022, 16:33 HRS IST
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20:23 HRS IST

New Delhi, Jan 27 (PTI) India and five Central Asian countries on Thursday decided to establish a joint working group on Afghanistan at the senior officials' level, Ministry of External Affairs Secretary (West) Reenat Sandhu said

The first India-Central Asia Summit, hosted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in virtual format was attended by five presidents -- Kazakhstan's Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Uzbekistan's Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Tajikistan's Emomali Rahmon, Turkmenistan's Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow and Kyrgyz Republic's Sadyr Japarov

At the summit, Modi suggested preparing a roadmap for the next 30 years, Sandhu said

She said it was decided that leaders of India and Central Asian countries would hold a summit-level meeting every two years and the next summit was expected in 2024

At the meeting, the leaders agreed to continue close consultations on Afghanistan and decided to establish a joint working group on the country at the senior officials' level, Sandhu said

She said that India and Central Asian countries are committed to combatting the menace of terrorism and drug trafficking

Joint counter-terrorism exercises will be held between India and interested Central Asian countries, Sandhu added.

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