India and Kazakhstan held the fourth Meeting of Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism in New Delhi on 03 May 2017. Both sides assessed and exchanged views on prevailing terrorist threats in their respective regions including state-sponsored, cross-border terrorism in the Af-Pak region. They discussed current challenges posed by various terrorist entities, radicalisation, foreign terrorist fighters, drug trafficking and misuse of cyber-space for terrorist purposes.

They also emphasized importance of strengthening counter-terrorism cooperation through exchange of information, capacity building, mutual legal assistance, sharing of best practices on countering violent extremism and cooperating in multilateral forums such as United Nations and SCO. 
 
India and Tajikistan signed an information sharing pact which will take care of concerns and requirements of Indian Customs, particularly in the area of correctness of custom value declared, origin of goods and tariff classification of goods traded between the two countries.

On May 16, 2017, Indian Embassy in Turkmenistan in association with ICCR and Ministry of Culture, Turkmenistan organized ‘India Cultural Week’ beginning with ‘Vastram’ Exhibition at Fine Arts Museum in Ashgabat. The Indian ‘Sari’ attracted attention of Turkmenistan women and also gave an opportunity to exchange information on carpet weaving in India. A Film Festival was organized as part of this event. 

A delegation of two army officers and 12 NCC cadets visited East Kazakhstan State Technical University, Ust-Kamenogorsk and Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Almaty from May 14-26, 2017 under the Youth Exchange Programme.

Ravi Choudhary, Chairman, CeNext Consulting & Investment Ltd, New Delhi has been appointed Advisor to Minister of Investments & Development of Kazakhstan for attracting investments from India.

Indian Embassy in Turkmenistan in association with India Tourism Office, Frankfurt, organized an Indian Food Festival in Ashgabat on May, 2017. The Festival includes a dinner & a demo.

A dance group ‘Dance Era’ performed on theme of ‘Great Indian Wedding’ to full houses in Ashgabat in May, 2017. The programme included well known Bollywood songs. 

 

May 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.