Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is in the middle of a five-nation tour of Central Asia designed to ramp up New Delhi’s regional influence.
The visit “reflects our resolve to start a new era in our relations with Central Asian republics,” Modi said, after meeting with Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov on July 6, the first day of his weeklong trip. Modi is currently in the Russian provincial city of Ufa, attending two international summits.
“India is the new frontier of opportunities for the world. Central Asia is a vast region of immense resources, talented people, rapid growth and a strategic location,” Modi noted during a visit to Kazakhstan on July 7. “India is prepared to invest more in a new partnership of prosperity.”
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Joanna Lillis is a freelance writer who specializes in Central Asia.