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India and Kyrgyzstan: Visit of Abdyldaev

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India and Kyrgyzstan have pledged to facilitate mutual legal assistance in criminal matters and have also agreed to simplify visa regime for diplomatic and official passport holders. The agreements in this regard were signed during the latest visit of Abdyldaev Erlan Bekeshovich, Foreign Minister of Kyrgyz to India. Agreements signed between India and Kyrgyzstan –

  • Signing of Protocol on Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty in Criminal Matters – Exchange of Instrument of Ratification.
  • Exchange of Notification on the completion of internal procedures from both the sides for implementation of Visa Free Agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders.

Analysis: India had always had close contacts with Central Asia, especially nations which were part of the Ancient Silk Route, including Kyrgyzstan. During the Soviet era, India and the then Kyrgyzia Republic had limited political, economic and cultural contacts. Since the independence of Kyrgyz Republic on 31st August, 1991, India was among the first to establish diplomatic relations in 1992; the resident Mission of India was set up in 1994. Political ties with the Kyrgyz Republic have been traditionally warm and friendly. The Kyrgyz leaderships have been largely supportive of our stand on Kashmir and have welcomed the ongoing peace process. Kyrgyzstan also supports India’s bid for permanent seat at UNSC and India’s role in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Both countries share common concerns on threat of terrorism, extremism and drug–trafficking.