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India seeks to boost ties with Central Asia amid concerns about Afghanistan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (top, right) greeting leaders at the virtual India-Central Asia Summit on Jan 27, 2022. PHOTO: EPA-EFE
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NEW DELHI - India and Central Asian countries agreed to create a road map to boost trade, enhance connectivity and deal with Afghanistan at the first India-Central Asia leaders' summit held virtually on Thursday (Jan 27).

But the question is whether India and the Central Asian countries can resolve the vexatious and longstanding problem of connectivity, which has held up deeper economic cooperation and greater integration.

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