Trade Agreement Between India And Kazakhstan

India and Kazakhstan have developed close cooperation in the fight against religious terrorism and extremism, as well as in promoting regional security. [1] A joint memorandum signed in December 2002 enabled joint projects such as the training of military officers, the development of joint military and industrial projects and the creation of a partnership between the defence industry of India and Kazakhstan. [1] India also provided support and proved to be a partner in Kazakhstan`s attempt to develop a naval fleet in the Caspian Sea, despite opposition from its northern Kazakhstan neighbour, Russia. [1] Kazakhstan`s President Nursultan Nazarbayev visited India in January 2009 and concluded a civil nuclear pact with India, under which the uranium-rich Central Asian country will supply fuel to nuclear power plants in India. [7] 18. During the visit, a strategic partnership agreement was signed to take cooperation between the two countries to a higher strategic level. The election of President Nazarbayev as the main guest at the celebrations of the 60th day of India`s independence was a strong testament to the warmth, affection and respect that India has for President Nazarbayev himself and for the Kazakh people. President Nazarbayev is the first and only Central Asian leader to be invited by India to this capacity and has received this honour. The invitation also highlighted the strategic importance of India`s relations with Kazakhstan and the good prospects for strengthening and diversifying relations in the years to come. India raised the idea of an oil pipeline with Kazakhstan, which would put fuel on a five-nation route.

India unveiled the concept of the pipeline, which could be extended to Russia in the future, during a meeting between Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid and his Kazakh counterpart Erlan Idrissov. The two ministers will re-examine the idea when they meet twice in the coming months, first on the sidelines of the Istanbul process on Afghanistan in Almaty, and then during an independent visit by Mr. Khurshid to the Kazakh capital Astana. Relations between our peoples have ancient roots that date back to the time when the Saka tribes of the territory of modern Kazakhstan were building a powerful empire in India. In recent years, the number of Indian citizens visiting Kazakhstan and Kazakhs visiting India has increased. Soon, we expect low-cost Indian airlines SpiceJet and IndiGo to launch additional flights between Delhi and Almaty and Mumbai and Almaty. 2. Relations between India and Kazakhstan have also shown considerable dynamism and dynamism during this period.

India was one of the first countries to recognize Kazakhstan as a free sovereign state after the disintegration of the Soviet Union in 1991. President Nazarbayev chose India as the first country outside the former Soviet bloc for a state visit in February 1992 after Kazakhstan`s independence in December 1991. This decision showed the deep respect and admiration in which President Nazarbayev and the Kazakh people regard India as a country with a glorious past, present alive and blessed with a bright future. This visit was followed by a regular exchange of visits and meetings at the highest political level as well as at the ministerial level and at the level of civil servants. However, the full potential of this partnership has not yet been exploited. The reasons are not far away. They are internal, regional and international. It was only since Vice President MH Ansari`s visit to Kazakhstan in April 2008, followed by President Nazarbayev`s state visit as the main guest at the 60th day of the Republic 2009 in India, that the relationship showed signs of dynamism and vitality. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit in April 2011 kicked off Philippe`s reflection on bilateral engagement. An exciting window of opportunity offers both countries the prospect of taking the partnership to a newer and higher level of quality.