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Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh’s Interaction with Kazakh Media

Prime Minister (Dr. Manmohan Singh): It is a great pleasure having you with us.

Kazakh Media: Mr. Prime Minister, how do you assess the current state of bilateral relationship between India and Kazakhstan, and what kind of dynamism of the relations do you envisage?

Prime Minister: Kazakhstan is a very important and influential player in Central Asia. Our links with Kazakhstan go back to centuries old times of culture and civilization, and these relations have developed dynamically ever since Kazakhstan became a sovereign state. President Nazarbayev has visited India many times. Last time he was here was as the Chief Guest of India’s Republic Day Celebrations in January, 2009. We agreed at that time to upgrade our relationship to strategic partnership. And I am looking forward to my visit to Kazakhstan to give added thrust, meaning and content to the strategic partnership that we have with this very friendly and very important country of Kazakhstan.

Kazakh Media: Mr. Prime Minister, in which spheres India and Kazakhstan intend to develop their further cooperation?

Prime Minister: We wish to develop our partnership in diverse fields. There is a convergence of views on political issues and global issues. And we would like to intensify our cooperation in economic issues, in space technologies, in science and technology, in health, education, pharmaceuticals and in peaceful uses of atomic energy. These are some of the issues which are under discussion among our experts. I hope to formalize some of these arrangements during my visit to Kazakhstan later this week.

Kazakh Media: Mr. Prime Minister, what kind of agreements do you intend to get signed during your visit to Kazakhstan?

Prime Minister: As I have mentioned, we would like to give added thrust to our relations in the field of energy, hydrocarbons. I am looking forward to signing some agreements with regard to our oil companies acquiring equity stake in Caspian oilfields. Also we would like to intensify cooperation in peaceful uses of atomic energy as well as in development of our space programmes.

Kazakh Media: Mr. Prime Minister, as you are aware, very recently we had our Presidential elections in Kazakhstan in which President Nazarbayev was elected overwhelmingly. How do you look at his election?

Prime Minister: President Nazarbayev has provided very powerful leadership to the people of Kazakhstan. Under his distinguished leadership Kazakhstan has developed in diverse fields. It is today a very important player globally as well as in Central Asia. The fact that President Nazarbayev has won with such enormous majority is a tribute to the esteem in which he is held by the people of Kazakhstan. We regard him as a great friend of India who knows India well. He has been here several times and I am looking forward to my visit to intensify our relationship with Kazakhstan.

Kazakh Media: We would like to extend our deep gratitude for the time that you have found to talk to us.

Prime Minister: It is always a pleasure. Kazakhstan is a very important and friendly country for us. We greatly welcome your visit to our country. And as I said I am very much looking forward to my own visit to your great country.

(Concluded)

New Delhi

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