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Sochi Summit against Terrorism

Four nations, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan on 18 August 2010 agreed on a pact against terrorism and narcotics at the second one-day

Nov 25, 2010 19:13 IST
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Four nations, Russia, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Afghanistan on 18 August 2010 agreed on a pact against terrorism and narcotics at the second one-day quadripartite (Four-nation) summit which took place at Sochi in Russia. At the Sochi summit, convened by Russia, the four nations also discussed regional security and economic cooperation. The Presidents of all the four nations participated in the summit.


During the Sochi Summit it was decided that Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan would supply additional electricity to Pakistan and Afghanistan under the Central Asia- South Asian-1000 (CASA-1000) plan supported by the World Bank. It was also planned during the Sochi summit to construct a railroad and a motorway from Pakistan to Tajikistan.

 

Besides, the four nations held discussions on undertaking joint projects in transport, mining and power generation. The discussions included the restoration work on the Salang tunnel and rebuilding hydropower plants in Afghanistan. Flood situation in Pakistan also discussed. During the Sochi summit, Russia promised Afghanistan free firearms and ammunitions along with 20 helicopters. Russia also discussed with Pakistan to undertake joint projects in areas of energy, transport and metallurgy and to promote business contacts between the two nations. Russia and Pakistan agreed to convene the inaugural session of Russia-Pakistan Inter-Governmental Commission in September 2010, in Islamabad.


Through this kind of quadripartite summit Russia is trying to gain foothold in Pakistan and Afghanistan to counter US supremacy in the region. Russia is extending its influence from Central Asia to South Asia. It would be interesting to observe how India- Russia relationship would be affected by Russia getting closer to Pakistan.


Important Information
•    The third quadripartite summit was decided to be held in Tajikistan.
•    The first quadripartite summit was held in July 2009 in Dushanbe, capital of Tajikistan.

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