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 UN 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.
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