Visit of Prime Minister Modi to Kazakhstan

On 8 July 2015, India and Kazakhstan inked five agreements, including in defence, railways and uranium supply, as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev during his official visit to the country.

Prime Minister Modi, in his media statement after the talks, said he was pleased that the Kazakh President “responded positively” to his request to consider additional blocks for Indian investments. He also thanked Kazakhstan for its “continued support for India’s candidature for a permanent seat in the UNSC and for a UN CCIT”.

The two sides inked a joint statement, titled Tej Kadam, which “noted the rising challenge posed by terrorism in their immediate region, highlighting importance of regular consultations”.

Both sides also agreed to “collaborate closely in the framework of the International North South Transport Corridor and through bilateral initiatives to improve surface connectivity”.

The joint statement also calls for concrete outcomes on UN reform in the 70th anniversary year of the UN.

Prime Minister Modi gifted Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev a set of books relating to religions born in India. The set included an English translation of Guru Granth Sahib, Bhadrabahu’s Kalpasutra in Prakrit, Ashtasahasrika Prajnaparamita in Sanskrit, and a Persian translation of Valmiki’s Ramayan in nastaliq script.

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