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Ambassador Shri Harsh K. Jain presents credentials to H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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Ambassador Shri Harsh K. Jain presented the letter of credence appointing him as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of India to the Republic of Kazakhstan to H.E. Mr. Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan on December 10, 2014. He was accompanied by his spouse Smt. Vandana Jain.

Addressing the newly appointed Ambassadors after the presentation of credentials, President Nazarbayev said that Kazakhstan was interested in the development of cooperation and interaction with India. He added that the two countries had made a significant breakthrough in upgrading the relations to the level of strategic partnership.

After the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Jain made a brief press statement where he said that the relations between India and Kazakhstan were wide-ranging and encompass political and security consultations, trade and economic ties, cooperation in defence, energy and strategic sectors, technical and economic cooperation, cooperation in the field of culture and education and mutual consultations and support in multilateral organizations. He added that Kazakhstan was India’s largest trade partner in Central Asia and bilateral trade and economic cooperation was expected to expand further with the opening of rail link between Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Iran. He referred to the visit of President Nazarbayev to India in 2009 when he was the Chief Guest at the 60th Republic Day of India and said that the visit had helped in laying foundation of strategic partnership between the two countries. Drawing an analogy between the ‘Make in India’ campaign of Prime Minister Modi and new economic policy ‘Nurly Zhol’, unveiled by President Nazarbayev, Ambassador Jain said that these initiatives offered new opportunities for both countries to expand trade, promote cross investments and participate in each other’s infrastructure development. Looking forward to his productive tenure in Kazakhstan, he said that it would be his endeavour to further strengthen the bilateral relations and enrich the strategic partnership between the two countries.