Foreign Minister (EAM) S. Jaishankar arrived in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan on Sunday at the invitation of Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev.
“I am delighted to be in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, at the invitation of Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev. I look forward to a productive visit, ”Jaishankar tweeted.
On Sunday, Jaishankar went on a tour of Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Armenia. EAM will tour from October 10-13.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), Jaishankar will be in the Kyrgyz Republic on October 10-11. On Monday he will leave for Kazakhstan. Then he will visit Armenia on October 12-13, the IEA reports.
The visit will provide an opportunity to review progress in India’s bilateral relations with the three countries, as well as exchange views on developments in the region, the ministry said.
“This will be a continuation of our expanded interaction with countries in our” expanded neighborhood “,” added the ministry.
This is Jaishankar’s first visit to Kyrgyzstan as Minister of Foreign Affairs. He will hold a bilateral meeting with Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbaev, in addition to a visit to President Sadyr Zhaparov. It is expected that some agreements, memorandums of understanding will be signed during the visit, the MES said.
From 11 to 12 October, Jaishankar will be in Kazakhstan to participate in the 6th Ministerial Meeting of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA) in Nur-Sultan. Kazakhstan is the current chairman and initiator of the CICA Forum.
It is also expected that Jaishankar will hold bilateral talks with Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi and appeal to the Kazakh leadership. Created in 1999, CICA is a forum aimed at strengthening cooperation by developing multilateral approaches to ensuring peace, security and stability in Asia.
It currently consists of 27 Member States, 9 Observer States and 5 Observer Organizations. India has been a member of the CICA since its inception in 1999 and actively participates in various events held under the auspices of the CICA. Jaishankar will also visit Armenia from October 12-13.
This will be the first visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of India to independent Armenia. It is planned that Jaishankar will meet with his Armenian counterpart, as well as visit the Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Assembly of Armenia.