Five Central Asian Foreign Ministers to discuss Afghanistan at Delhi table
The Indian Express Delhi|December 19, 2021
AMID CONCERNS over human rights as well as the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, New Delhi and Islamabad are engaging, each on its own track, with key partners in the region and beyond with a conference in each capital Sunday.
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External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will host the 3rd meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue in New Delhi Sunday.

Foreign Ministers of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan will participate. Their previous meeting was organized by India in October 2020 via video conference. Three of these five, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan, share a border with Afghanistan.

In Islamabad on Sunday, Pakistan will host the 17th extraordinary session of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) Council of Foreign Ministers, with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi saying he hoped they will "reach a consensus on measures to improve the situation in Afghanistan".

Significantly, Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries are also members of the OIC grouping and they will skip the meeting in Islamabad to attend the dialogue in New Delhi.

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