External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today embarked on a four-day visit to three Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. This will be her first visit to these countries as External Affairs Minister.
During her visit to Astana, Mrs Swaraj will hold a bilateral meeting with Mr Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan. She will call on the leadership of the country and interact with the Indian community in Kazakhstan. India and Kazakhstan have a close strategic partnership and multi-faceted relations.
Mrs Swaraj would then travel to Kyrgyzstan where she would interact with Mr Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic. She will also call on the leadership of the Kyrgyz Republic. India and Kyrgyzstan share multi-dimensional relations in various sectors.
Mrs Swaraj will arrive in Tashkent on the 4th of August. She would hold in-depth discussions with Mr Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs. She will also call on the leadership of Uzbekistan. Her visit will include interaction with Indologists and members of the Indian community.
Mrs Swaraj will also offer floral tributes at the memorial of former Prime Minister of India late Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri. India and Uzbekistan enjoy a close strategic partnership. Mrs Swaraj’s visit to the three Central Asian countries is in pursuit of India’s objective of enhanced engagement with this region which is India’s extended neighbourhood.