Kazakh Embassy in New Delhi organized a Reception dedicated to 25th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic Service of Kazakhstan. Speaking on the occasion, Joint Secretary Srinivas from Ministry of External Affairs noted the current high level of bilateral relations as well as importance of recent visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Astana to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit. This year also marks the 25th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Kazakhstan.

On 2nd July Air Astana commenced a thrice-weekly service from Astana to Delhi. The 2,540-kilometre route is not served by any other carrier. Air Astana already serves Delhi from Almaty (since 2004) with daily flights.

Haryana urban local bodies’ minister said during a visit to Kazakhstan that to tackle the problem of silt collected in sewerages, Haryana government would explore possibility of generating energy from liquid waste in urban areas of the state.

India wants to re-negotiate bilateral investment treaties with Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and several other countries. Minister of State for Commerce and Industry Nirmala Sitharaman said that India has already received positive responses from number of these countries to renegotiate the treaty.

Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan congratulated Shri Ram Nath Kovind on his election as President of India. They expressed confidence that friendly relations and close cooperation between their countries and India will be further strengthened.

Children from Kyrgyzstan, India, Russia, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan participated in an international ethno-carnival "Issyk-Kul gathers friends 2017" march in Bishkek.

Foreign Minister of Kyrgyzstan and India's Minister of State for External Affairs MJ Akbar spoke on telephone at latter’s initiative. Promoting bilateral cooperation and implementation of agreements during state visit of Kyrgyz President to India (December 2016), and issues of international and regional significance were discussed.

Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti Sayeed has said that J&K was connected to Central Asia and China and revival of this past connectivity is in her party’s agenda.

Tajikistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry and India’s PSP Traders & Services Pvt. Ltd. jointly organized ‘Made in India’ exhibition on 14 July in Dushanbe.

External Affairs Minister had a telephonic conversation with Tajik Foreign Minister on 30 June. Discussions on promoting bilateral cooperation were held.

A Tajik Member of Parliament and a Tajik scholar participated in 2-day International Conference on ‘Mirza Bedil and his Legacy’ held in Chandigarh on 22-23 July.


July 31, 2017

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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.