A fresh momentum for India-Kazakh ties

    The Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan to the Republic of India and myself personally congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his #BJP party on a decisive victory in a Lok Sabha elections.

    The impressive success of H.E. Narendra Modi is a bright testimony of the Indian people’s confidence in his leadership and policy.

    We look forward to continue even more deepen strategic partnership and great friendship between Kazakhstan and India.

    The bilateral relations between our countries have a long history. The Great Silk and Spice Routes united Kazakhstan and India in the past. This period is linked to the Kushan and Indian ruler Kanishka, known in the history of Kazakhstan as Khan Yerke, and to the Central Asian people called by Greeks Scythians (their own name Saks). In the middle ages our peoples and culture had linked when such historic personalities as Qutubuddin Aibak, Iltutmish, Raziya Sultan, Babur, and Muhammed Haider Dughlat were active.

    Through the efforts of First President of Kazakhstan – Leader of Nation Nursultan Nazarbayev and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on building a fruitful dialogue, we enjoy strong political relations and our economic and commercial ties are improving every day.

    The main highlights of the current cooperation are the absence of any political issues between the two countries. Effective political cooperation between our states has been ensured due to the similarity of our positions on the basic international issues and problems.

    Current President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev pays a great attention to the Kazakh-Indian relations.

    In his message to Prime Minister Narendra Modi he mentioned that he stands ready to deepening the strategic cooperation for the benefit of the friendly people of Kazakhstan and India.

    Now the Foreign Offices of two countries and Ministers Mr. Beibyt Atamkulov and Mrs. Sushma Swaraj intend to strengthen their comprehensive cooperation and partnership, with an emphasis on economic diplomacy, trade and investment interaction.

    Today Kazakhstan is the main trading partner of India in Central Asia. The trade turnover between Kazakhstan and India reached 1.2 billion USD in 2018.

    For the first three months of this year bilateral trade between the countries amounted to 293,1 million dollars, recording 35,9% increase from the same period of last year.

    We would especially like to stress the establishment of a very high level of political trust and confidence between our countries. In 2018 Kazakhstan peacekeeping contingent has been deployed in the UN mission UNIFIL in Lebanon within the Indian battalion.

    Today the state and prospects of development of Kazakh-Indian ties show that we have chosen the right vector of development of cooperation. Existing capacity is very large and almost unlimited. Kazakhstan will continue to strive to make the most of every opportunity to raise the strategic partnership to an even higher level and to fill relations between India and Kazakhstan with new meaning and content for the sake of the friendship and prosperity of the peoples of two countries.

    As is known, on June 9, Kazakhstan will also hold a presidential election. This is a most important moment, not least because a head of state can take the country in a particular direction and set tasks and priorities for government that can have an impact on the country and beyond.

    The upcoming election is promising to be the most competitive and diverse in Kazakhstan’s history as an independent nation.

    Undoubtedly, that post-election we will continue to develop close ties between Kazakhstan and India. We have every reason to be confident about the future and the cooperation between our countries.

    Taking this opportunity, we convey the best wishes for success and well-being to the newly elected Parliament of India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as well as progress and prosperity to the brotherly Indian people.

    (The author is the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to India)