The Union External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, had talks with her Kyrgyzstan counterpart, Erlan Abdyldaev, on furthering ties in a number of areas, including trade, energy and defence and security. She arrived at Issyk Kul in eastern Kyrgyzstan on Friday for a two-day visit after her tour of Kazakhstan.
'Mrs. Swaraj and the Kyrgyzstan Foreign Minister discussed opportunities for cooperation in fields of trade and investment, defence and security, IT, health, HRD, tourism and joint film production,' Mr. Raveesh Kumar, the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson, said.
Sushma Swaraj is on a three-nation tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. She is visiting these countries as part of India’s efforts to boost 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 the Prime Minister to Kyrgyzstan in July 2015 followed by the Kyrgyzstan President, Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev’s Indian visit and also the interactions on the margins of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summits, have consolidated the close ties between the two countries. It has also provided impetus to further strengthening of bilateral ties.