President of Kyrgyzstan, Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev, was on a four-day official visit to India from December 18-21, 2016. This was Atambayev’s first visit to India after being appointed as the President.
During his visit, he was accompanied by his spouse Raisa Atambaeva along with a high-level delegation comprising of Ministers, senior officials and business leaders.
President Atambayev arrived in New Delhi on December 20 and was accorded a ceremonial reception at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Pranab Mukherjee who also hosted a dinner banquet in his honour.
The visiting President had official engagements on December 20 to discuss bilateral issues. Prime Minister Narendra Modi also hosted a lunch for him.
Besides, President Atambayev also attended a Joint Business Forum as a part of his visit.
The Kyrgyzstan’s Presidents visit comes right after a very successful visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Kyrgyzstan in July 2015, which is expected to strengthen the traditionally cordial and close ties between the two sides.
India and Kyrgyzstan share excellent relations marked by strong ties in various areas including Political and Defence, Economy and Commerce, Education and Human Resource Development, Culture and Tourism.
The trade between the two countries was $27.99 million in 2015, with India’s exports to Kyrgyzstan amounting to $26.20 million.
Apparel and clothing, leather goods, pharmaceuticals, and tea are some of the important items in India’s exported to the visiting country.
About 4500 Indian students are studying medicine in various medical institutions in Kyrgyzstan.
After delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev in New Delhi on December 20, 2016, India and Kyrgyzstan signed six Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) in areas including tourism, agriculture and food industry and Youth Affairs.
During the bilateral discussion, PM Modi and President Atambayev discussed how the two countries can work together to secure the youth and society against common challenges of terrorism, extremism and radicalism. The two leaders also reviewed cooperative engagement in the field of defence.
The two sides encouraged engagement in capacity building and training, healthcare, tourism, IT, agriculture, mining and energy. Kyrgyz Republic is regarded as a valuable partner in common pursuit of making Central Asia a region of sustainable peace,
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Besides, both leaders also issued joint statement.