External Affairs Minister, Dr. S. Jaishankar has said that he had cordial and constructive talks with Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev of Kyrgyz Republic. In a tweet, Dr. Jaishankar said, they agreed on 200 million US Dollar Line of Credit to support development projects.
He also said that they concluded an understanding on executing high impact community projects. Both the leaders discussed need for early travel of Indian students and more liberal visa regime. He said that they reviewed defence and security cooperation positively. India and Kyrgyz Republic have a shared approach to developments in Afghanistan.
External Affairs Minister reached Kyrgyzstan as part of his four-day visit to Kyrgyz Republic, Kazakhstan and Armenia yesterday. In a tweet, Dr Jaishankar said, he is delighted to arrive in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at the invitation of Foreign Affairs Minister of Kyrgyzstan Ruslan Kazakbaev. Dr Jaishankar will also be calling on the President of Kyrgyz Republic.
Some agreements or MoUs are also expected to be signed during the visit. He will attend the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the Conference of Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia, (CICA) in Nur-Sultan.
Kazakhstan is the current Chair and initiator of the CICA Forum. Dr Jaishankar is also expected to hold bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan and call on the Kazakh leadership.
External Affairs Minister will be visiting Armenia on Tuesday and Wednesday. This will be the first ever-visit of an External Affairs Minister of India to independent Armenia. He will have meetings with his Armenian counterpart as well as call on the Prime Minister and President of the National Assembly of Armenia.
External Affairs Ministry said, the visit will provide an opportunity for reviewing the progress in the bilateral ties with the three countries as well as share views on developments in the region. It will be a continuation of India’s increased engagement with countries in its extended neighbourhood.