NEW DELHI: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will undertake a four-day visit to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Armenia starting Sunday, with an aim to further expand bilateral ties and discuss key regional issues, including the development of Afghanistan.
Announcing the visit on Saturday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said, “The visit will provide an opportunity to review progress in our bilateral relations with the three countries as well as share views on developments in the region.”
It said the visit would be a continuation of India’s growing engagement with countries in its “extended neighbourhood”.
It is learned that developments in Afghanistan are expected to figure prominently in Jaishankar’s interactions with leaders of the three Central Asian countries.
The Ministry of External Affairs said Jaishankar’s first destination would be Kyrgyzstan where he would hold talks with his Kyrgyz counterpart besides meeting the President of the Central Asian country.
This will be his first visit to the country as External Affairs Minister, the Ministry of External Affairs said, adding that some agreements are also expected to be signed during the visit.
It said Jaishankar will be in Kazakhstan from October 11 to 12 to attend the sixth ministerial meeting of the Conference on Dialogue and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).
CICA meeting is being held in Nur-Sultan.
Kazakhstan is the current chairman of this group.
The MEA said Jaishankar is also expected to hold bilateral talks with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan, “The External Affairs Minister will visit Armenia from October 12 to 13.
This will be the first visit by an Indian Foreign Minister to independent Armenia,” the Ministry of External Affairs said.
It said that he would hold a meeting with his Armenian counterpart and call on the prime minister.