Kazakhstan take over the chair of CICA

Sep 24: External Affairs Minister, Dr. S Jaishankar participated in the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures (CICA) in Asia, held virtually on 24th September 2020.EAM congratulated Kazakhstan on assuming the Chair of CICA and reaffirmed India’s support for CICA’s initiatives on peace, security and prosperity in Asia. He shared India’s efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and India’s contribution to partner countries in CICA and beyond. He underlined India’s traditional ties with Central Asia, shared perspectives on counter-terrorism, and Afghanistan.

The meeting witnessed the transfer of the Chairmanship of CICA from Tajikistan to Kazakhstan; appointment of new Executive Director and exchange of views on the future endeavours of CICA, including cooperation in mitigating the effects of COVID-19 pandemic.

India is a member of CICA since its inception in 1999 and has been actively participating in various activities conducted under the aegis of CICA. India also co-chairs two CICA CBMs on ‘Development of Secure and Effective Systems of Transportation Corridors,’ and ‘Energy Security’.

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