10 June 2018
Meeting with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi
Qingdao, People's Republic of China

The Head of State pointed to the progressive nature of developing relations between the two countries and congratulated the Prime Minister of India on his country's full membership in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. Nursultan Nazarbayev stressed that  from the very beginning Kazakhstan fully supported India on that issue.

- I would like to thank you for the fact that last year you personally supported us and arrived in Astana for EXPO-2017specialized exhibition, which helped to increase the international attention to this event, the President of Kazakhstan said.

The Head of State noted that as a result of actualizing agreements reached last year alone, trade between India and Kazakhstan grew by 53% to $ 1 billion.

- Currently, the two countries are actively developing cooperation in space sector, pharmaceuticals, military-technical sector, as well as other areas. We need to continue to work in this direction, the President of Kazakhstan said.

In turn, the Prime Minister of India thanked Nursultan Nazarbayev for supporting the election of the representative of India to the UN International Court of Justice and noted that the multifaceted cooperation between the two countries is successfully developing and strengthening.

- I would like to congratulate you on the 20th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s capital city Astana, as well as expressing my good wishes in connection with opening Astana International Financial Centre, the Prime Minister of India said.

At the end of the meeting, Narendra Modi has stressed that Kazakhstan is one of India's largest trade partners in Central Asia and expressed interest of the Indian side in implementing projects as part of Digital Kazakhstan program. The Prime Minister of India has also asked Kazakhstan to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA).

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