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India would like to explore setting up “air corridors” between India and five Central Asian nations, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar mentioned
- The air corridors — similar to what India established in 2018 with Afghanistan — would include regular cargo flights with special clearing and customs facilities to expedite the movement of goods, especially fresh fruit and other agricultural produce
- India Central Asia Business council” which brought together Indian businessmen and diplomats from five Central Asian countries: Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan
- Availability of air corridors can boost trade in perishable goods, agricultural and food products
- The council also decided to establish four working groups including on energy, agro and food processing, tourism and pharmaceuticals to present recommendations for ways to further boost trade.