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President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbai Jeenbekov met with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the 18th meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Qingdao, China.

Indian Prime Minister noted that the path of democracy chosen by Kyrgyzstan was an example and inspiration for many countries of the world. He also noted that he warmly remembered his visit to Kyrgyzstan in 2016, and a meeting with former President Almazbek Atambayev during his visit to India. The high-level meetings, as the Prime Minister of India noted, contribute to strengthening bilateral cooperation.

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President Jeenbekov stressed that he was very pleased with the personal meeting, as well as the opportunity to exchange views on the current issues of developing friendly relations between Kyrgyzstan and India. He congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on India’s accession to the SCO. “Kyrgyzstan attaches priority importance and advocates the building of friendly relations with India. It is gratifying to note the activation of mutual visits and meetings in the fields of international organizations and conferences, the positive dynamics of the development of bilateral relations in recent years,” Jeenbekov said. He also mentioned that the Kyrgyz side was looking forward to welcome Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj to Kyrgyzstan in August 2018.

President Jeenbekov invited Narendra Modi to pay an official visit to Kyrgyzstan in 2019, when Kyrgyzstan would host the nest summit of SCO. At the same time, Jeenbekov named the hydropower, healthcare, agriculture and the introduction of information and communication technologies in the activities of state bodies as priority areas of cooperation between India and Kyrgyzstan. During the meeting, the head of state suggested that the Indian side jointly create an expert group to analyze the basis of bilateral cooperation in order to promote joint projects.

Modi supported the initiative to create this expert group, noting that it is needed to discuss and implement concrete proposals for further bilateral cooperation in various areas of mutual interest.

The Prime Minister of India also expressed his readiness to assist in the implementation of projects on the introduction of electronic governance.

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