Posted on Jan 25, 2022
By Mayur shukla
Published in News
India is awaiting responses from leaders of the Central Asian nation to an invitation to attend as chief guests of Republic Day, with the details expected to be finalized during a ministerial level meeting of the India. Central Asian foreign Minister's dialogue which external Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar will host this weekend in Delhi.
Officials confirmed that the external affairs Minister y has reached out to the governments of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkiministan and Uzbekistan to confirm their attendance, as is the protocols for Republic Day guest before a formal invitation is handed over.
According to the official, uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation, as well as the extra coordination required for multiple invitation has led to the delay in the process of the invitation, which is normally wrapped up by December last year.
The invitation is also a signal that India wants to increase its links to the region, where land connectivity has been difficult due to Pakistan position Maritime connectivity remains important and the Republic Day meeting will help strengthen India's initiative through chabahar and through the International North South transport corridor.
The move to invite all the five Central Asian countries President on Republic Day. Mr. Modi invited SAARC and BIMSTEC group leader to his swearing in ceremonies in 2014 and 2019 respectively, and invited to 10 leader of the ASEAN as Republic day guest in 2018.
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