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FM of Kazakhstan and India discussed partnership in economy, trade, culture and peacemaking spheres

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Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov has met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj, who arrived in Kazakhstan on an official visit.

During the talks, the interlocutors brought into focus the strategic nature of bilateral interstate relations, as well as the long tradition of friendship between the peoples of the two countries. The parties discussed the implementation of the agreements reached after the meetings between President Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in the framework of the SCO summit in June 2017 in Astana and in early June this year in Qingdao.

“Following the recent Kazakh-Indian summit meeting in Qingdao, the President of Kazakhstan gave a number of specific instructions to the Government on forcing bilateral cooperation in the fields of investment, energy, logistics, information technology, space, pharmaceuticals, tourism and film production. It is in this vein that we are preparing the content of official high-level events in 2019”, K. Abdrakhmanov said.

The Kazakh Foreign Minister thanked the Indian side for the shown interest and active participation of the representatives of India in the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Astana, the XI session of the Astana Economic Forum, as well as in the official opening ceremony of the “Astana” International Financial Center (AIFC).

In 2017, the level of the Kazakh-Indian trade turnover reached 1 billion dollars. The parties agreed to continue active cooperation in order to increase this indicator. In particular, the work is under way to expand cooperation in the transport and logistics sector, including the use of the potential of the Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran railway with access to the Indian Ocean.

The parties expressed satisfaction with the fruitful work of the Kazakh-Indian Intergovernmental Commission on Trade-Economic, Scientific-Technical, Industrial and Cultural Cooperation, as well as the Business Council between the Foreign Trade Chamber of Kazakhstan and the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India. As part of this work, Indian business circles showed interest in managing large Kazakhstani airports, as well as in cooperation within the AIFC, International Center for Green Technologies and Investment Projects, Technopark of IT-startups “AstanaHub”.

In the field of multilateral cooperation, further steps have been identified to improve the effectiveness of cooperation within the UN, the SCO and CICA. The Kazakh Foreign Minister stressed that India assisted in the deployment of the Kazakhstan peacekeeping contingent in the Indian battalion of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) this year.

Also, one of the important projects of multilateral cooperation is the commencement of negotiations on concluding the Agreement on a free trade zone between the Eurasian Economic Union and India.

The issues of cultural and humanitarian ties are always in the focus of attention of the parties. Kazakhstan thanked India for its support in the restoration of the grave of famous historian, statesman Muhammad Khaydar Dulati in January this year in the city of Srinagar. In addition, the first steps have been taken to create joint films with Bollywood studios.

Source: Kazakhstan 2050

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