V Muraleedharan Minister of State for External Affairs was on a two-day visit to Kazakhstan from November 11.
Notably, he held discussions with his Kazakhstan counterpart to strengthen bilateral cooperation in various areas. It includes areas namely energy, trade and investment, civil aviation and the multilateral fore like the UN.
Specifically, the External Affairs Ministry mentioned in a statement that Muraleedharan called on Nurlan Nigamatulin, chairman of the Majilis, the Lower House of the Kazakh Parliament.
Importantly, both the sides agreed to strengthen inter-parliamentary cooperation between the two countries.
The minister delivered a speech on the theme of ”Intersection of Global Interest in Central Asia.” Moreover, he gave emphasis on India’s policy of greater cooperation with the Central Asian countries.
Above all, he highlighted various mechanisms of cooperation. These include the India-Central Asia Dialogue, connectivity through Chabahar and the International No rth-South Transport Corridor (INSTC).
Furthermore, he stressed on greater cooperation in the field of security and counter-terrorism.
During the meeting with Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, Mukthar Tleuberdi, both the sides reviewed the ongoing cooperation between the two countries.
Muraleedharan invited his Kazakh counterpart to join the Coalition of Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). Significantly, the initiative was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the UN Climate Action Summit in New York.
While talking about bilateral ties, the minister expressed India’s strong interest in expanding the participation of Indian oil companies in the Kazakh hydrocarbon sector.
The statement added that the two sides agreed to continue further discussions in various areas during the framework of the next bilateral Inter-Governmental Commission Meeting.
Importantly, the meeting is expected to be held in New Delhi in the near future.