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Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan), July 12 (IANS): India and Kyrgyzstan on Sunday inked four agreements, including in defense cooperation and between their election commissions, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with President Almazbek Atambayev.

Visiting Bishkek, the penultimate stop of his tour of Central Asian countries, Modi in his media statement said his visit to all five countries in the region “demonstrates the importance that we attach to a new level of relationship with Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is a key part of that vision”.

Modi said resource-rich Central Asia has an important place in India’s future and both sides seek a peaceful and secure neighborhood and have a shared interest in combating extremism and terrorism.

The agreement on defense cooperation was in matters relating to defense, security, military education and training, conduct of joint military exercises, exchange of experience, and information, exchange of military instructors and observers.

Modi said their defense ties were strong and the agreement would help to broaden their defense cooperation.

The Special Forces of the armed forces of the two countries held joint exercise “Khanjar 2015” in Kyrgyzstan in March, “which reflected continuity in exercises held in India in 2011. It was decided to hold joint exercises on an annual basis”, said the joint statement.

The Kyrgyz side expressed its appreciation to India for “training Kyrgyz military officers for conducting various UN Peacekeeping Courses, including by the Centre for UN Peacekeeping in New Delhi”, the statement said.

Modi said the IT Centre in the Kyrgyz Military Academy “is an example of innovative cooperation that is important to both countries” and the new agreement would provide a framework to broaden engagement.

Modi expressed happiness at the cooperation agreement between the election commissions, and said he looked forward to the visit of a Kyrgyz parliamentary delegation to India.

The other two agreements were a MoU between Kyrgyzstan’s economy ministry and the Bureau of Indian Standards on cooperation in the field of standards, and an agreement on cooperation in culture.

Modi said both sides discussed at length about boosting trade, investment, tourism, culture, and human resource development and added that the connectivity initiative between India and Central Asia will further boost economic ties.

Modi also thanked Kyrgyzstan for its support to India’s candidature for a permanent United Nations Security Council seat.

In the joint statement, India reaffirmed support of the candidacy of the Kyrgyz Republic for the UN Human Rights Council for 2016-2018.

Both sides expressed “grave concern at the rising trend of extremism, radicalism, and terrorism in the region and whole world” and India “highly appreciated the steps taken by the Kyrgyz government in counteracting terrorism and in retaining the secular character of Kyrgyz society”.

The two sides agreed to expeditiously consider signing an agreement on “combating international terrorism and other crimes”, the statement said.

They also agreed to boost economic, trade, and investment linkages which were below potential.

Modi also congratulated Atambaev on Kyrgyzstan’s joining the Russia-led Eurasia Economic Union and both Sides agreed to work together for early conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement between the Eurasia Economic Union and India, said the joint statement.

Modi said both sides would hold a roundtable in Bishkek in the field of agriculture to explore possible avenues for cooperation and identify concrete projects.

India has offered to share its experience in agro-processing, greenhouse technology, water conservation, and agricultural research with Kyrgyzstan.

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The joint statement also expressed satisfaction over “growing links in the health sector, including regular visits by doctors from super-specialty hospitals in India to Kyrgyzstan, visits of patients from Kyrgyzstan to India for medical treatment, complex surgery at affordable cost and international standards, and the gifting of a computed tomography machine to the National Center for Cardiology and Internal Medicine (NCCIM) by the government of India in September 2014”.

It also welcomed the launch of a project to establish tele-medicine links between highly specialized hospitals of India and six medical establishments of Kyrgyzstan.

At the lunch banquet, Atambayev said “India has a calling to become a great economic power like the US and China”.

Modi later met Kyrgyz parliament Speaker Asylbek Jeenbekov and also held talks with Prime Minister Temir Sariyev.

During his meeting with Sariyev, Modi gifted a medical equipment to Kyrgyzstan’s Level II Field Hospital.

He also visited the Kyrgyz-India Mountain Biomedical Research Centre.

Modi gifted the president a hand-knotted carpet of very fine grade wool blended with silk.

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Oli Assures Modi, Nepal’s Territory Won’t Be Used Against India’s Interests

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

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Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli has told his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi that Nepal’s territory will not be used against New Delhi’s interests, Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said here on Saturday.

“Oli reiterated that they will be sensitive to our concerns and their territory will not be allowed to be used by anybody against India. Prime Minister Modi reciprocated the sentiments,” Gokhale told the media.

Gokhale called Oli’s view “very significant”.

There was a chill in India-Nepal ties during Oli’s earlier stint as Prime Minister between October 2015 and August 2016 when a border blockade blamed on New Delhi crippled Nepal’s economy.

There were also perceptions that Oli was leaning towards China than India.

Gokhale said that Modi’s two-day visit to Nepal was aimed to strengthen bilateral relations “whether it be cross-border electricity or cross-border connectivity”.

“We are looking into cross-border electricity and cross-border connectivity not only with Nepal but other neighbouring countries as well,” he said.

After assuming office in February, Oli made his first foreign visit to India in April.

Stating that India welcomed the restoration of democracy in Nepal, Gokhale said that both the government and the opposition in the Himalayan nation were parties to it.

He said both sides agreed to be committed towards the stated projects. “We will address this within a set timeline.”

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi stressed on the importance of service to others in his last Mann Ki Baat edition for 2017.
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According to Gokhale, Oli confirmed to Modi that Nepal will host the the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (Bimstec) summit this year.

Bimstec comprises seven countries lying in the littoral and adjacent areas of the Bay of Bengal — Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Thailand.

Gokhale also said that Modi’s visits to cultural sites in Nepal “suggested that there should be strong people-to-people ties”.

Apart from offering prayers at temples in Nepal, the Indian leader inaugurated the Janakpur-Ayodhya bus service, a 900 MW hydropower project and announced Rs 100-crore aid to develop Janakpur city.

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He also held extensive discussions with Oli, President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and other government officials to better bilateral ties after which he said: “All misunderstandings with Nepal are over.”

Modi also met leaders of opposition parties, starting with former Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba and other members of the Nepali Congress.

He exchanged views on strengthening bilateral ties with former Prime Minister and Chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Centre) Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda”. (IANS)