Manmohan Singh back after visit to China, Kazakhstan

April 17th, 2011 - 12:16 am ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh New Delhi, Apr 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh returned home on Saturday after a five-day visit to China and Kazakhstan.

Dr. Singh had arrived in China’s resort city of Sanya on Tuesday to take part in the third BRICS (Brazil-Russia-India-China-South Africa) summit.

During the summit, the Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with all his counterparts - China, Brazil, South Africa and the Russian Federation.

Dr. Singh was accompanied by his wife Gursharan Kaur.

The other senior members of the delegation included Commerce and Industries Minister Anand Sharma; Principal Secretary to the Prime Minister; National Security Advisor; and other senior officials from the Prime Minister’s Office and from the Ministry of External Affairs.

The Prime Minister was also accompanied by a media delegation and a business delegation, including representatives from the FICCI and the CII.

After the four-day visit, Dr. Singh arrived in Kazakhstan capital Astana on Friday for an official visit at the invitation of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

This was the Prime Minister’s first visit to Kazakhstan and his second to Central Asia after his visit to Uzbekistan in 2006.

Today, Dr. Singh attended an official welcome ceremony at the Presidential Palace, where he had a restricted meeting with President Nazarbayev followed by delegation-level interaction.

The two leaders then interacted with the media before attending an official luncheon.

Dr. Singh also met Kazakhstan Prime Minister Karim K. Massimov.

During his visit, both the nations inked seven treaties, including an accord in civil nuclear field and in the oil sector to consolidate their strategic partnership. (ANI)

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