- Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited all the five Central Asian Republics with the aim of generating as much international cooperation as possible for his primary domestic agenda of generating jobs, Make in India, Skill India and starting the second green revolution.
- Here are some of the highlights and key takeaways from the joint statements and bilateral agreements between India and the Central Asian Republics:
- Improved connectivity between India and Central Asia through the INSTC and possibly India’s entry to the Ashgabat Agreement and PATTTA.
- Timely completion of the TAPI Gas Pipeline and exploring possibility of gas imports from Kazakhstan
- Increasing crude oil imports from Central Asia by promoting ONGC Videsh to acquire oil fields in the region
- Countering Chinese influence in Central Asia through partnerships in the energy sector
- Expanding business opportunities for Indian companies in the region
- Generating support for a Permanent Seat in the UN Security Council