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Statement by
H.E. Mr. Subrahmanyam Jaishankar
Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India
At the Fifth Summit of the Conference on Interaction
and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA)
15 June 2019
Dushanbe, Republic of Tajikistan

Your Excellency President Emomali Rahmon,

Excellencies and distinguished guests,

I congratulate Tajikistan on its CICA Chairmanship and its success in hosting the 5th  CICA  Summit.  I  bring  to  you  warm  greetings  of  my  Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi and his best wishes for the success of this Summit.

I thank the Government of Tajikistan for the warm hospitality extended to me and my  delegation  and  the  excellent  arrangements  made  for  this  Summit.  I also welcome Sri Lanka, our neighbour, as a member of CICA. I take this opportunity to  convey  our  appreciation   for  the  contribution   made  by  previous   Chairs, Kazakhstan,  Turkey  and  China  in  making CICA a success story, recognizing in particular the leadership of the First President of Kazakhstan.

Mr. Chairman,

Let  me  share India’s vision for a more secure and prosperous Asia as well as its concerns.  The  21st  century  is  being hailed as the Asian century and CICA can surely play a useful role in promoting peace, security and development in Asia.

This is important today because the  world has been witnessing far-reaching geo-strategic  changes, which  have also  impacted on the peace and security in Asia. Globalisation is  under  stress  due  to  new and emerging  geo-political and geo-economic   fault lines.  India supports a  rule-based   order in Asia, as in the rest of the world. But we confront unavoidable challenges such as terrorism, conflicts, trans-national crimes and  maritime threats. There are also issues of sustainable development  including  the lack of  energy security, low intra-regional  trade and deficit  of  connectivity. These must be urgently remedied for our common good.

Mr. Chairman

Terrorism  is  the  gravest  threat that we face in Asia today. Many CICA members are victims of terrorism and should be clear that terrorists and their victims must never   be  equated. CICA  has  always  shown  a  strong  commitment  to  combat terrorism   and   extremism   and   adopt   a   comprehensive  strategy  to  combat terrorism.  Early  finalisation  of  the  Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism,   proposed  by  India,  is today  even  more  essential and we seek your support in this regard.

In  Afghanistan,  we  have  supported a national peace and reconciliation process, which  is  Afghan-led  and  Afghan-owned. We believe all initiatives and processes must  include  all  sections  of  Afghan society,  including  the  legitimately elected Government.

Mr. Chairman, the  recent  India-Central  Asia  5  Ministerial  dialogue  is  a  very positive  development  that  can  only  enhance  further cooperations and stability across    our    regions.   Regional   connectivity   initiatives   that   are   inclusive, sustainable,  transparent  and respect the principles of sovereignty and territorial integrity  can  boost  trade  and  play  a  pivotal  role  in  bringing  prosperity  and development  to  the  region.  India  for  its  part  will  always  support these such regional connectivity initiatives.

The  lack of energy security has emerged as another key developmental challenge. India  has  supported  a better  dialogue  between consumers and producers for a stable  energy  market  and for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy. India’s   initiative   of   International  Solar  Alliance  has  received  overwhelming support;  74   countries   have   signed   the   Framework  Agreement.  Developing renewable  energy  will be a great contribution to the security and stability of Asia and I invite CICA members who have not joined the Alliance to do so.

Further,  India  has  supported  initiatives  aimed at enhancing cooperation in the region,   as   reflected   in   our   participation   in   or   association  with  regional organisations such as BIMSTEC, SAARC, ASEAN, EAS, ARF, GCC and IORA.

India’s  vision  of Indo-Pacific, as outlined by Prime Minister Modi in Singapore in June  2018,  is  rooted  in  advocacy of SAGAR- Security and Growth for All in the Region.  It is in sync with the  theme  of this  Summit "Shared Vision for a Secure and More Prosperous CICA Region”.

India will  continue to actively participate in the CICA Processes. We are confident that   the  CICA would  continue  to  evolve  into  a balanced,  open and  inclusive framework  for  Asian  countries  to  interact  and  cooperate  in addressing multi-faceted  challenges,  acting  in  accordance  with  our  common  vision  for a more secure and prosperous Asia.

Thank You.