External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with her Kyrgyzstan counterpart, Erlan Abdyldaev, on Saturday on deepening cooperation in trade, energy, defence, security and other areas.Ms. Swaraj arrived at Issyk Kul in eastern Kyrgyzstan on Friday on a two-day visit after wrapping up her tour of Kazakhstan.She was received by Mr. Abdyldaev.
“Taking steps to tap the huge potential that exists between our two countries! EAM Sushma Swaraj and Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister Abdyldaev discussed opportunities for cooperation in fields of trade and investment, defence and security, IT, health, HRD, tourism and joint film production,” Raveesh Kumar, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson, tweeted. “Walking together to take our relationship to new heights! EAM Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan Erlan Abdyldaev proceed to the restricted format meeting in Issyk Kul,” he had said in a tweet before the meeting.Ms. Swaraj has interacted with Mr. Abdyldaev on a number of occasions, including on the margins of the U.N. General Assembly in New York.
The Minister is on a three-nation tour of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan as part of India’s efforts to boost strategic partnership with the resource-rich Central Asian nations. India and Kyrgyzstan share multi-dimensional relations including political, parliamentary, defence, science and technology and health.
The visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kyrgyzstan in July 2015 followed by Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev trip to India and interactions on the margins of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summits, have consolidated the traditionally cordial and close ties between the two countries.It has provided impetus to further strengthening of bilateral ties, according to an official statement.In the last segment of her three Central Asian tour, Ms. Swaraj -nation would arrive in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent on August 4.
While Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited this Central Asian nation in July 2015, then Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev visited India in December 2016.According to the statement, Sushma Swaraj also congratulated the Kyrgyz Republic for taking over as Chair of SCO in 2018-19 and assured full cooperation in the successful conduct of meetings and the SCO Summit in 2019 to be held in Kyrgyzstan.