Jaishankar on three-nation Eurasian tour to safeguard Afghan interests

By ET News

Eyeing to secure its interests in Afghanistan and push for an inclusive regime in Kabul, Foreign Minister S Jaishankar is holding a series of meetings this week in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Armenia, India’s key partners in Central Asia and Eurasia.

During the first leg of his visit, Jaishankar on Monday held extensive dialogues with Kyrgz foreign minister Ruslan Kazakbaev in Bishkek on the Afghan situation. “Exchange of views on developments in the region, in particular, the Afghan situation and its implications for the peace and security of the region, occupied some time in our discussions. We are closely following the developments in Afghanistan.

It concerns all of us. Any instability in Afghanistan will have an impact in the region. There are expectations of the international community from the current regime in Afghanistan, which are adequately elaborated in the UNSCR 2593,” Jaishankar said in a press statement following his meeting with Kazakbaev.

To take Indo-Kyrgyz development partnership to the next level, India also made the formal offer of $200 million Line of Credit. An MoU on High Impact Community Development Projects (HICDP) was also signed that will enable implementation of quick community development projects in various sectors.

“As part of our evolving development partnership paradigm, we agreed to explore joint-development projects in the fields of eco tourism, jewellery-design, pharma, medicines, medical education, IT Parks & data-banks etc.

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