External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Monday held bilateral meetings with
his counterparts from Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan during which they discussed
issues of bilateral and regional cooperation, and exchanged views on
developments in the neighbourhood. Jaishankar arrived in Kazakhstan on Monday
on the second leg of his three-nation tour to Central Asia with an aim to
further expand bilateral ties and discuss key regional issues including the
developments in Afghanistan.
“Arrived in Nur-Sultan for the #CICAMinisterial2021 tomorrow. Began the visit
with a bilateral meeting with Uzbek FM Abdulaziz Kamilov. Our conversation
focused on recent developments in Afghanistan, Jaishankar tweeted. Later, he
met with Turkmenistan Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov and discussed bilateral
and regional cooperation.
“Good to meet FM Rashid Meredov of Turkmenistan. Discussed our bilateral and
regional cooperation. Exchanged views on neighbourhood developments. Agreed to
remain in close touch, Jaishankar said in another tweet. On Tuesday,
Jaishankar will attend the 6th Ministerial meeting of the Conference of
Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
Kazakhstan is the current Chair of the grouping. Jaishankar arrived in
Kazakhstan from Kyrgyzstan where he held “constructive” talks with the top
Kyrgyz leadership to boost bilateral ties, including defence cooperation and
discussed global issues like Afghanistan.
From Nur-Sultan, Jaishankar will travel to Armenia where he will meet his
Armenian counterpart Ararat Mirzoyan and call on Prime Minister Nikol