EAM Sushma Swaraj met Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan in Beijing during her visit to participate in SCO Foreign Ministers Meeting. Fruitful exchange of views on enhancing bilateral cooperation in trade & investment, pharma, IT, tourism and culture, as well as on regional situation took place. 

Armed Forces personnel of Kazakhstan participated in joint training with Indian Army contingent on UN peacekeeping operations at Centre for United Nations Peacekeeping (CUNPK), New Delhi as part of Indo-Kazakh Defence Cooperation.

Fifth Indo-Kyrgyzstan joint training exercise ‘Khanjar V’ culminated with a ‘Joint Tactical Validation Exercise’ at Counter Insurgency Jungle Warfare School, in Mizoram. The exercise involved insertion of troops by slithering from helicopters and destroying a terrorist hide out. It demonstrated the commitment of both armies to work closely with each other to address the growing issue of global terrorism.

Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan met Akim (Mayor) of South Kazakhstan Region and discussed strengthening of cooperation between India and South Kazakhstan Region in trade, economy, education, culture, tourism etc. Akim said that South Kazakhstan Region is in forefront of developing agrarian industries. He expressed confidence that cooperation in this field would be established with various states of India. Ambassador recalled visit of an Indian Textiles delegation to Shymkent in April, 2017 and its visit to various industries in the city and expressed confidence to strengthen cooperation in this field. 

Indian Embassy in Kazakhstan organized a workshop in Almaty on "Doing Business with India" in Almaty. This was attended by several Kazakh and Indian businessmen as well as senior representatives of large Kazakh companies and Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

Indian Embassy in Tashkent organized a B2B Session for Uzbek businessman / industry with a multi-sector business delegation from Federation of Gujarat Industries (FGI). Companies in FGI delegation included areas of Power & Electrical, Pharmaceuticals & Chemicals, Textile, Engineering & Automotive, Mining, Food Processing, Plastic, Agriculture and Renewable Energy.

To boost tourist flow from India, Embassy of Uzbekistan in New Delhi has started an online campaign “Visit Uzbekistan - 2018”. Embassy has created special pages on Facebook, Instagram and other social media with title of “Uzbekistan Travel Guide”. Uzbekistan feels that with its rich and diverse tourism potential, as well as close historical and cultural links with India, it is well placed to be one of the best destinations for Indian tourists.


April 30, 2018

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Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar

Former Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia; President, Institute of Global Studies and Distinguished Fellow, Ananta Centre

Ambassador Ashok Sajjanhar belongs to the Indian Foreign Service and has acquitted his responsibilities in the diplomatic service for 34 years. He was Ambassador of India to Kazakhstan, Sweden and Latvia and has worked in senior diplomatic positions in Indian Embassies/Missions in Washington DC, Brussels, Moscow, Geneva, Tehran, Dhaka and Bangkok and also at Headquarters in India. He negotiated for India in the Uruguay Round of Multilateral Trade Negotiations and in negotiations for India-EU, India-ASEAN and India-Thailand Free Trade Agreements.

He contributed significantly to strengthening strategic ties and promoting cultural cooperation between India and USA, EU, Russia and other countries.Ambassador Sajjanhar worked as head of National Foundation for Communal Harmony to promote amity and understanding between different religions, faiths and beliefs. Ambassador Sajjanhar has been decorated by Governments of Kazakhstan and Latvia with their National Awards and by Universal Peace Federation with Title of ''Ambassador of Peace.'' Currently Ambassador Sajjanhar is President of Institute of Global Studies, New Delhi. He writes, travels and speaks extensively on issues relating to international relations, foreign policy and themes of contemporary relevance and significance. He appears widely on TV panel discussions. Ambassador Sajjanhar is interested in reading, music and travelling. His wife Madhu is an economist and an educationist. They have a son and a daughter both of who are accomplished singers. Their son passed out of Yale University and their daughter is pursuing her PhD at University of Minnesota.