Kazakh President Nazarbayev concludes four-day visit to India

January 26th, 2009 - 9:19 pm ICT by ANI  

Sonia Gandhi

New Delhi, Jan.26 (ANI): Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev ended his four-day fourth visit to India on Monday evening. He was here as the Chief Guest of the Indian Government for this years Republic Day celebrations.
The visit, which commenced from Friday evening, saw the President presiding over key bilateral talks that culminated in the signing of five bilateral pacts for long-term cooperation, attending a Indo-Kazakh business summit jointly organized by ASSOCHAM, FICCI and the Confederation of Indian Industry, courtesy meetings with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil, Vice-President Mohammad Hamid Ansari, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.
He also visited the Akshardam Temple in East Delhi and the tomb of Mughul Emperor Humayun. He met with renowned Indian scientist Dr. Rajendra Pachauri, who currently heads the Inter-Governmental Commission on Climate Change (IGCCC). Pachauri it may be recalled won the Nobel Prize along with former U.S. Vice President Albert Gore in 2007. The agreements that were signed included an extradition treaty between India and Kazakhstan, a protocol supporting the accession of Kazakhstan to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), a Memorandum of Understanding between Nuclear Power Corporation of India and National Company KazAtomProm, a Memorandum of Understanding between the Indian Space Research Organisation and the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan for cooperation in the field of space activities and an agreement between ONGC Mittal Energy Limited (OMEL) and National Company KazmunaiG for cooperation in the field in natural gas and oil.
At the bilateral business summit held here on Saturday, President, Nursultan Nazarbayev urged captains of Indian industry not to hesitate or be shy of taking advantage of the positive investment climate in Kazakhstan. He emphasized that the scope for bilateral business to business activity was huge, and appealed for levels of cooperation to go beyond traditional items like oil and gas, and move into areas like textiles, agriculture, information technology, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, metallurgy and dairy goods etc.
He said both Kazakhstan and India, being large countries in terms of geographic expanse and enjoying healthy economic growth, have the potential to exploit and nurture in not only business, but also in other areas of shared commonalities.
He also used his visit to reaffirm Kazakhstans commitment to counter the menace of terrorism, and appealed for due punishment to be given to the terrorists involved in the Mumbai attacks of November 2008 at the earliest.
He rounded off his visit by attending the At Home function hosted by President Patil on the occasion of Indias 60th Republic Day. (ANI)

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