Samarkand, Uzbekistan, Jan 13 : India and Central Asian countries on Sunday condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations and agreed to cooperate in countering terrorism.
A joint statement issued here said the terror menace posed a threat to the people and economies of the world.
The meeting was attended by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and representatives from Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan.
The Ministers emphasised the importance of developing and implementing projects that provide a concerted solution to the problems and issues of economic growth of the countries of Central Asia, based on the principles of equality, mutual benefit and respect for their interests, it said.
The statement further said that the parties expressed their intention to strengthen cooperation, in order to create real opportunities for expanding economic cooperation and ensuring favorable conditions for mutual free trade. (UNI)