Sushma Swaraj embarks on 3 Central Asian nations’ visit

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a four-day visit from August 2 to 5 to three Central Asian nations, reflecting India’s pursuit of enhanced engagement with the region.

Swaraj will be visiting Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan from August 2 to 5 and this is her first trip to these countries as External Affairs Minister.

“Advancing our growing engagement with an extended neighborhood! EAM @SushmaSwaraj embarks on a visit to 3 Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz & Uzbekistan – from 2-5 August. This will be her first visit to these countries as EAM,” tweeted Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson Ministry of External Affairs.

During her visit to Astana, Kazakhstan, Swaraj will hold a bilateral meeting with her Kazakh counterpart Kairat Abdrakhmanov. She will also interact with the Indian community in Kazakhstan, the statement said.

In the second leg of Swaraj’s visit, she will meet Erlan Abdyldaev, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Kyrgyz Republic and will also call on the leadership of the country.

In her last segment of the four-day tour, Swaraj would arrive in Tashkent and interact with Foreign Affairs Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov. She will also call on the leadership of Uzbekistan. She is scheduled to address members of the Indian community in Uzbekistan.

The visit is completely aimed at enhancing India’s engagement with Central Asian Region.