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India's first Central Asia summit to focus on Afghan risks, trade

Shared security challenges loom over Thursday's talks and port, pipeline hopes

The delayed TAPI gas pipeline promises to link Turkmenistan through Afghanistan to Pakistan and India, but security risks threaten this and other regional connectivity projects.   © Reuters

NEW DELHI -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to host his country's first summit with five Central Asian states on Thursday, with common security challenges emanating from Taliban-ruled Afghanistan expected to top the agenda alongside trade and energy.

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