India: India is ready for inclusive Eurasian connectivity

India is expected to raise the issue during the visit of Foreign Minister S Jaishankar to Uzbekistan for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization’s Foreign Ministers’ Meeting on Comprehensive Eurasian Connectivity Initiatives. India will take over the chairmanship of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2023 and is striving to make optimal use of the Chabahar port following the operationalization of the INSTC as a parallel to China’s Belt and Road Initiative.

The operationalization of INSTC is on fast track through two tracks and India hopes Chabahar will be a part of it. India is encouraging Central Asian countries, especially Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, to use the Chabahar port as a gateway to the Indian Ocean and beyond.

Iran is expected to be officially accepted as a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization at this year’s summit in the historic city of Samarkand. Experts in the Eurasian region pointed out that Iran’s entry will strengthen India’s communication offensives in the resource-rich region of Eurasia and Russia.

India became a permanent member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in 2017 and has deep interests in deepening its security cooperation and regional counter-terrorism architecture, specifically addressing security and defense issues. The purpose of Jaishankar’s participation is to strengthen relations between Delhi and the Taliban in Afghanistan. India had participated in a conference hosted by Uzbekistan on Monday and Tuesday to discuss Afghanistan. Last month, New Delhi reestablished its diplomatic presence in Kabul by deploying a technical team.

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