Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s growing clout in the international politics can be gauged from the fact that the issues raised by him are followed and even endorsed by the world leaders.
Only few days back, PM Narendra Modi’s advice to Russian President Putin has been taken into notice by leading political leaders and media organisations of the world. It seems that he has brought India to the ‘Centre of Global Politics’ and now everyone is listening carefully to what New Delhi has to say.
During his meeting with Putin at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Summit held earlier this month at Uzbekistan’s capital Samarkand, Prime Minister Modi told him that “Today Is Not The Time For War”. PM statement was given a lot of importance by the French President and the American NSA attending the summit. The matter even resonated at the meeting of the United Nations General Assembly.
Taking into account India’s growing international clout, Kazakhstan has now sent an invitation to Prime Minister Modi to attend the ‘Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia’ (CICA), to be held in it’s capital Astana on 12-13th October 2022.
When the heads of the states of many nations met at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference that was held a few days ago, many new political realignment was evidently seen. Now in the CICA conference to be held in Kazakhstan, ‘Central Asian’ countries will have a golden opportunity to strengthen their ties with India.
Kazakhstan’s hopes for the meeting
Speaking to the media about the summit, a Kazakhstan government official said the summit that will be attended by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will help further in strengthening of ties among the participating nations. He said the summit also marks the 30th anniversary of the CICA.
Kazakhstan and Central Asian countries
- In 1991, Kazakhstan held a referendum on the proposal to leave the then USSR leading to formation of a separate nation.
- Since then, Central Asian nations, including Kazakhstan, have attracted the global community’s attention.
- Kazakhstan is also the largest in terms of area among the Central Asian countries.
- Kazakhstan is a Mineral rich country in Central Asia
- The overall Central Asian region is not only rich in resources but have also taken to balanced foreign policy.
- The Central Asian countries have attracted the attention of all the superpowers of the world.
Conference in Kazakhstan and India
- India was first invited to the CICA conference in July 2002 under the leadership of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.
- The special feature of this conference was that it was agreed to rename the capital of Kazakhstan from ‘Nur-Sultan’ to ‘Astana’.
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also visited Kazakhstan twice.
- Modi visited Kazakhstan for bilateral dialogues in 2015 and again in 2017 to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.
India’s hopes for the conference
The recently concluded Shanghai Cooperation Organization Conference at Uzbekistan has been successful for India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi discussed many critical issues at the conference while putting India’s view point to the world. He met several heads of state and discussed the Russia-Ukraine dispute and the Afghanistan crisis. He also put forth India’s targets in the coming years. In this conference, India also got the presidency of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Conference to be held in the year 2023 and Varanasi was unanimously declared the First ever SCO Tourism and Cultural Capital. Overall, this conference brought many possibilities for India.
Now, it will be interesting to see how much India benefits diplomatically, culturally and economically from the CICA conference to be held in Kazakhstan, one of the most prosperous nations of Central Asia.