EAM Jaishankar at CICA, Dushanbe: expressing cooperation

New Delhi, 16 June 2019

The 5th Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) Summit held in the capital of Tajikistan – Dushanbe on 15th June with the topic “Shared Vision for a Secure and More Prosperous CICA Region”. The session was attended by the External Affairs Minister, S Jaishankar, had bilateral talks on the sidelines.

India has been participating in CICA since its inception. The late Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee had participated in the first CICA Summit held in 2002 in Almaty. India has been effectively been involved in different exercises conducted under the aegis of CICA.

Addressing the Conference, Mr Jaishankar – terrorism is the ‘gravest threat’ that people in Asia face.

“Psychological warfare is the gravest danger we face in Asia. CICA individuals are its unfortunate casualties and so it ought to be certain that psychological militants and their exploited people should never be compared,” he tweeted.

Mr Jaishankar mentioned that the CICA has dependably appeared strong pledge to battle fear based oppression and fanaticism and receive an exhaustive system to battle psychological warfare. “Early finalization of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism (CCIT), proposed by India, is today much increasingly basic and we look for your help in such manner,” he said. India underpins a peace and reconciliation process in Afghanistan that is Afghan-driven and Afghan-possessed, he said.

“All initiatives and procedures must include all sections of Afghan culture, including the truly chosen government. India as far as it matters for its will dependably bolster these such regional connectivity initiatives”


He further added that regional connectivity initiatives that are inclusive, sustainable, straightforward and regard the principles of power and regional integrity can lift exchange and assume a vital job in bringing flourishing and advancement to the region. The absence of vitality security has risen as another key formative test, he stated, adding that India has bolstered a superior exchange among consumers and makers for a steady vitality advertise and for promoting vitality proficiency and a sustainable power source.

“India’s initiative of International Solar Alliance has gotten overwhelming help; 74 nations have consented to the Framework Arrangement. Developing a sustainable power source will be an incredible contribution to the security and steadiness of Asia and I invite CICA individuals who have not joined the Alliance to do as such,” Mr Jaishankar said.

Both the sides shared notes on common interest.

India-Tajikistan: Minister of External Affairs, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan, Sirojiddin Muhriddin on the sidelines of the Conference where the sides discussed the present status of the India-Tajik relations. Both the ministers agreed upon the necessity of expanding cooperation between the two countries in various fields. The sides also exchanged views on mutually beneficial cooperation within the framework of international and regional organizations.

India is Iran’s key oil importer

India-Iran: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had a bilateral conversation his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif. They discussed the lags between the two sides considering the US sanctions on Iran as well as Tehran’s partial withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA). India is the world’s third-largest oil consumer and requires more than 80 per cent of its oil needs through imports where Iran was its third largest supplier after Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

EAM also had words with the Vietnam Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc regarding the scope of Indo-Vietnam relations.



Know about CICA, an initiative of Kazakhstan

The CICA is an international forum to strengthen cooperation, established to ensure peace, security and stability in Asia. It includes 27 member states that cover about 90 per cent of the Asian geography and population, another 8 states and 5 international organizations, including the UN, have observer status.

The idea of creating such a platform was proposed by the first president of Kazakhstan – Nursultan Nazarbayev at the 47th session of the UN General Assembly in October 1992. According to Nazarbayev, “The issues of peace and security on Asia, or even more extensive – Eurasia. We are talking about the initiative of the Republic of Kazakhstan to hold the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA). Creating on the continent structures of security and cooperation in Asia in the style of similar structures in Europe has long been noticeable all around, yet has not yet gotten wide help”.

Mohit Srivastava

News Desk, Diplomacytoday.in