Indian FM Holds Bilateral Talks With His Four Central-Asian Counterparts

The Indian Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar said he held separate talks with his counterparts from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, covering bilateral cooperation in areas of security, energy, connectivity, health and education.

Jaishankar said he met with Uzbekistan FM Abdulaziz Kamilov for the sixth time this year. “Trilateral discussions with Iran on Chabahar are noteworthy. Our development partnership can make a difference in urban infrastructure,” Jaishankar tweeted.

In his meeting with Kyrgyz foreign minister Ruslan Kazakbaev, Jaishankar said they talked about cooperation in areas of telemedicine, information technology, education and heritage.

“Welcomed FM Ruslan Kazakbaev of Kyrgyz Republic on his first-ever visit to India. Our agenda covered telemedicine, IT, education and heritage conservation,” he tweeted.

Jaishankar also met with his Turkmen counterpart, Rashid Meredov, describing it as a useful convention.  

“Useful exchange of views with Turkmen DPM and FM Rashid Meredov. Shared perspectives on security, energy and connectivity,” he added.

Jaishankar also met with Kazkh Foreign Minister, Mukhtar Tileuberdi, in which the two sides focused on economy and energy cooperation.

“Good discussions with DPM and FM Mukhtar Tileuberdi of Kazakhstan. Focused on expanding our economic and energy cooperation. Appreciated our joint deployment in UN peacekeeping,” Jaishankar tweeted.

In his opening remarks at the third India-Central Asia Dialogue, Jaishankar said India will be a steadfast partner of the five countries.

The 3rd meeting of the India-Central Asia Dialogue held in New Delhi on Dec. 19, where the Ministers underlined the civilizational, cultural, trade and people-to-people linkages between India and Central Asian countries and reaffirmed their commitment to building a comprehensive and enduring India-Central Asia partnership, according to a joint statement.

They emphasized that establishment of long-term relations between Central Asia and India is aimed at enhancing regional peace, security, stability, sustainable economic growth and prosperity in the region, the statement added.


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