New Delhi, February 18, 2017.
India and Kazakhstan today went together to form a friendship group dedicated for people to people contact. Kazakhstan’s Ambassador in India Bulat Sarsenbayev was the chief guest on the formal foundation of Indian Kazakhstan Friendship Association.
The event also was attend by representatives of Indian business circles and governmental sector such as Member of Parliament Dr. Narendra Jadhav and Former Member Punjab Legislative Assembly Inder Iqbal Singh Atwal. India Kazakhstan Friendship Association secretary SL Chaman welcomed the guests.
In his turn, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India Bulat Sarsenbayev said about the utmost historical relationship between India and Kazakhstan. He said that In 1991 Kazakhstan declared independence from the Soviet Union after 2 month President Nursultan Nazarbayev did his first foreign visit to India. He said that trade between India and Kazakhstan is growing and both the nations are connected from Indian ports of India to Iranian port of Bandar Abbas and then Railway route from Iran through Turkmenistan to Kazakhstan. He said that more than 100 reputed companies of India are already doing business in Kazakhstan and the two countries have come a long way. During the last visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Astana, it is extremely good progress in the mutual relationship. Mr. Bulat said that the Visa rules have been simplified enough for India and in the coming days and tourists, businessmen and students are getting it very easily with set of procedure. Kazakh Envoy to India said it is planned that capital Astana direct air service to New Delhi will be started soon and we hope that will be great in demand.
He referred to the new capital Astana and termed it as the country’s need as it is centrally located in Kazakhstan. As a reminder, Almaty, capital of Kazakhstan since independence subsequently been shifted to the new inhabited city Astana. Astana is considered as one of the world’s most beautiful city. Expo 2017 to be held in Kazakhstan this year, referring to the clean energy and several heads of delegations will take part to know the contribution of Nursultan Nazarbayev government efforts in the sector and the potential of renewable energy.
Besides, during the event the participant discussed possibilities of organizing such meetings of Indian Kazakhstan Friendship Association frequently and plans to refine and improve the mechanism of the development of bilateral friendly relations between our two countries.
Photo: Embassy of Kazakhstan