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External Affairs Minister's remarks at the Joint Meeting of CICA Foreign Ministers with the President of Kazakhstan (October 12, 2021)

October 12, 2021

Excellency, Mr. President

Good morning to you all and thank you Mr. President for meeting us. I extend our gratitude for the outstanding arrangements and generous hospitality of Kazakhstan for the CICA Foreign Ministers Meeting today.

We are glad that the vision of the first President of Kazakhstan, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, of establishing CICA as a forum for promoting peace and stability in Asia has come a long way. We look forward to his continuing guidance.

Kazakhstan’s Chairmanship and contribution continue to be a strong force in advancing this unique forum and its objectives. This gathering allows a broad range of nations to address shared concerns and interests in a collaborative manner. It has never been more needed than today.

Developments in Asia are closely connected with those of the world. Whether it is the scourge of terrorism and extremism, the health, economic and social effects of the pandemic, the protection of the global commons or the goals of sustainable development, we must appreciate the indivisibility of our existence. Such an awareness leads us to work together across a broad range of domains.

Recent developments in Afghanistan have generated understandable concern in the region and beyond. Ensuring that Afghan territory is not used for supporting terrorism and promoting the formation of an inclusive Government are widely recognized as priorities. The voice of CICA can be a positive factor in shaping the response of the international community.

Strengthening our collective resolve to tackle terrorism, arms trafficking, narcotics trade and other forms of trans-national crimes is more important than ever before. The habits of cooperation encouraged by CICA can be helpful in this regard.

The changes in the world order that are reflected in the consolidation of CICA also make a powerful case for reformed multilateralism. Our diverse world must find more ways to practice democratic decision making.

As CICA approaches its 30th year, let me assure you, Mr. President, that we Members are fully committed to the goal of enhancing peace, security and stability in Asia. Today’s meeting will be one more step in that direction.

New Delhi
October 12, 2021

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