New Delhi and Tashkent are making concerted efforts at improving bilateral relations. If it succeeds it will set the template for other countries in the region.
India is looking beyond its immediate neighbourhood. Central Asia is looking beyond the great wall. The two regions have a chance of mingling like never before.
Indian Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has said India is exploring air corridors between India and five ‘Stans’ of Central Asia to enhance and deepen economic engagement and facilitate trade in perishable goods such as food products and farm produce and position India as a medical tourism destination in the region. Highlights: Central Asia is crucial to India as a source of raw materials such as oil and gas as well as uranium. Bilateral trade, however, remains below potential due to [...]
With one eye on energy and natural resource security and another on checking China’s expansionism in Central Asia, deepening ties with Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan will gain importance in the years ahead.
Iran has announced that India may no longer be part of the Chabahar port project and the railway line connecting the port to Central Asia, within hours of signing a $400-billion investment deal spread over 25 years. But the Indian foreign office is confident that it will be able to settle the matter amicably after the US Presidential elections in November.