India’s multi-alignment policy can provide an answer to current geo-politics: CICA head – ET Auto

India’s multi-alignment policy can provide an answer to the current geopolitical scenario and there is a need to learn from India’s policies, according to Kairat Sarybay, Executive Director, Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia or CICA.

Sarybay who was on a visit to India this week to participate in the Raisina Dialogue and other meetings speaking to a select group of reporters noted that India’s policy has moved from non-alignment to multi-alignment. “It is good for dialogue and democracy.”

He said CICA believes in consensus and coordination. That is why all decisions within this organization of 27 countries are taken by consensus. If even one country has disagreement on any issue, then that decision is avoided.

Sarybay, a senior Kazakh diplomat, noted that instead of a unilateral or bilateral approach, the solution of complex problems can be found only through a multilateral way. He also said that the development of one part of the world should not be seen through the prism of another part.

In his meeting with Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi, the Executive Director handed over the invitation of President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi for the Sixth CICA Summit to be held in Nur-Sultan on October 12-13.

The Minister of State expressed support for the CICA process, suggesting focusing on a “positive” agenda and practical cooperation within the Conference, primarily in the areas of connectivity, trade, transport, energy, and sustainable development. New Delhi’s constructive spirit towards the Conference was also confirmed during the meeting between Sarybay and Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs Sanjay Verma.

Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev recently stated that the transformation of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-building Measures in Asia (CICA) into a full-fledged international organization is a priority goal of the country’s presidency in the organization.

Tokayev made this announcement during a meeting with Sarybay on April 14. CICA is an inter-governmental forum for enhancing cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia.

Tokayev had proposed transforming CICA into a full-fledged international organization during the meeting with the delegations participating in the meeting of Foreign Ministers in Nur-Sultan in October 2021. The Kazakh capital houses the CICA Secretariat.

CICA has 27 member states including Russia, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Egypt and India.

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