India, Kazakhstan welcome civil nuclear cooperation agreement

April 16th, 2011 - 7:35 pm ICT by ANI  

Manmohan Singh Astana (Kazakhstan), Apr 16 (ANI): India and Kazakhstan have appreciated the signing of the agreement on cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy between the two nations.

An inter-governmental pact was signed following talks between visiting Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbaev in Astana.

“The sides noted the need for expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation in this area while adhering to their existing obligations under multilateral nuclear regimes,” a joint statement on Dr. Singh’s two-day official visit to the country said.

The sides also expressed satisfaction with signing of a treaty on mutual legal assistance in civil matters, which promotes interaction in legal issues, and agreed on the importance of cooperation in food security.

They also welcomed the signing of the agreement on cooperation in agriculture and allied sectors.

“The sides welcomed the signing of the memorandum in the area of information security as also the Indian initiative to set up a Indian-Kazakhstan Center of Excellence in the Eurasian University in Astana,” the statement said.

The two nations further underlined the importance of cooperation in the energy sector to be developed on the basis of equal rights and mutual benefit.

“The sides expressed satisfaction at the signing of a package of documents between Indian company “ONGC Videsh Limited” and “NC “KazMunaiGaz” JSC on joint exploration of the “Satpayev” oil block,” the statement said.

“The sides noted the need to enhance interaction in implementation of prospective projects in the area of exploration of new oil and gas deposits, oil refining and petrochemicals, as well as transportation of hydrocarbons, and establishment of science-based industries in Kazakhstan with the application of Indian know-how and new technologies,” it added.

They noted with satisfaction the establishment of cooperation between Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan (NSAC), and agreed to work towards fruitful cooperation in the field of space.

The sides noted their interest in continued interaction in healthcare and medicine, science and technology, including nano, bio and innovative technologies.

Kazakhstan recognized India’s achievements in the pharmaceuticals sector and welcomed joint ventures in Kazakhstan for production of high quality pharmaceutical drugs.

The sides welcomed development of cultural and people-to-people contacts and reiterated their intention to strengthen cooperation in educational, scientific, technical, cultural, tourism and other spheres.

They expressed readiness to exchange experts, hold days of culture, exhibitions, symposiums and other events.

The sides noted the importance of identifying secure and cost-effective transport connectivity between the two countries, including for transportation of cargo with the participation of transit countries. (ANI)

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