NEW DELHI: Bolstering defence and trade ties would be the main parts of the agenda during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev on Tuesday.
According to MEA officials, strengthening existing defence cooperation, enhancing trade ties and exploring surface connectivity projects will be high on the agenda of talks between the two leaders. Kyrgyzstan supports India's bid for membership of the UN Security Council and welcomed its entry into the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
During his four-day State visit, Atambayev, who arrived New Delhi on Sunday, will also have a meeting with President Pranab Mukherjee, who will host a banquet in his honour.
The visit of Atambayev, who is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising senior ministers, will also provide an opportunity to sides to explore projects to increase surface connectivity. This is Kyrgyz leaders' first presidential visit.
Maintaining that both countries share common concerns on threat of terrorism, extremism and drug–trafficking, the two sides had signed an agreement to boost defence cooperation and hold annual joint military exercises during Modi's visit there last year.
Besides joint military exercises, the two countries have been cooperating on high-mountain biomedical research to know the impact on soldiers when they carry out operations at high altitude.
The Kyrgyz President will also attend India–Kyrgyz Republic Joint Business Forum being organised by industry chambers FICCI, CII and Assocham on Wednesday.
There are about 4500 Indian students studying medicine in various medical institutions in Kyrgyzstan apart from a few businessmen, who are engaged in trade and services in the central Asian country.