India-Central Asia Relations - November 2017

Minister of State for External Affairs M.J Akbar visited Kyrgyzstan to participate in the International Conference “Islam in a Modern Secular State”. He met Kyrgyz Prime Minister and discussed the state of bilateral ties particularly expansion of people to people contacts. Kyrgyz PM expressed appreciation for gifting equipment Bhabhatron-2 to National Center of Oncology of Kyrgyzstan. 

MOS (Law & Justice) Shri P.P. Chaudhary visited Kyrgyzstan to participate in the Conference of Judges in SCO countries.

India is deepening its strategic partnership with Uzbekistan by discussing import of uranium for its nuclear reactors. Uzbekistan, seventh biggest uranium exporter in the world, can be key player in India’s plan to procure nuclear fuel to create a strategic uranium reserve. Discussions on modalities of supply are in progress.

A Conference on “Modern Indology in Uzbekistan and Foreign Countries: Issues of Philology, Cultural – Historical Relations” was held at Tashkent State Institute of Oriental Studies, on 12-13 October 2017.

A MOU for setting up of a Hindi-cum-Urdu Chair at Tajik National University was signed on 13 October in Dushanbe.


November 20, 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.