Prime Minister Narendra Modi participated in the 18th SCO Summit in Qingdao, China on 9-10th June. This was the first Summit in which India participated after becoming a member of the Organisation in 2017. On side-lines of the Summit, PM Modi met Presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan and held discussions on further expanding bilateral cooperation. Uzbek President is expected to visit India shortly. Kyrgyzstan assumed Chairmanship of SCO at the conclusion of the Qingdao Summit.

Issues including regional security and cooperation among SCO members were discussed at meeting of SCO Security Council Secretaries in China. In discussions with Chinese NSA on side-lines of this meeting, India’s Deputy NSA said that India stands ready to work with China to implement the consensus reached by leaders of the two countries and enhance cooperation on law enforcement security. The two countries pledged to enhance cooperation on anti-terrorism and ensure stable bilateral relations. They discussed the security situation in Afghanistan as well as other issues of regional and international importance.

Indian and Kyrgyzstani alpine special forces troops conducted a two-week joint training exercise at Kyrgyzstan’s Military Base. The exercise included lectures and practical classes on tactical, mountain and fire training, as well as survival techniques in mountainous conditions. The exercise is second joint Indian-Kyrgyzstani military drill of 2018 and latest in a series of increasing bilateral military contacts over past seven years. A core concern of both militaries is development of military capabilities to battle terrorist groups in mountainous regions, a problem that both countries share: India in the Himalayas and Kyrgyzstan along its borders with Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. A second shared underlying premise is to broaden international contacts while lessening diplomatic isolation.

Indian Ambassador to Kazakhstan invited Kazakhstan to become member of the International Solar Alliance. He said that India can help in promoting renewable energy in Kazakhstan by bringing its expertise in solar and wind energy.

Sanjay Dutt, accompanied by leading lady Nargis Fakhri, visited Kyrgyzstan to shoot for his next film ‘'Torbaaz.’'

A 6-member delegation from Congress party led by Rajya Sabha member Anand Sharma took part in Shanghai Cooperation Political Parties Forum in Chinese city of Shenzhen. The delegation was invited by Central Committee of Communist Party of China.

 

June 27, 2018

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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.