‘Kazakhstan is voice of responsibility, maturity in international forums’: PM Modi

Astana (Kazakhstan), July 7 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that Kazakhstan is a voice of responsibility and maturity at international fora, including the United Nations.

“Kazakhstan is a voice of responsibility and maturity in international forums, including the United Nations. No Indian will forget Kazakhstan’s generosity in making way for India’s bid for the membership of the UN Security Council in 2011-12. We stand solidly behind you for your bid in 2017-18,” he said in his address at the Nazarbayev University in Kazakhstan’s Astana.

He said that like Kazakhstan, the rest of Central Asia is on the rise.

“It is just over two decades since nations here gained independence and regained their identity. The countries of Central Asia are endowed with rich human and natural resources,” he added.

“I am coming from Tashkent. Uzbekistan is experiencing rapid economic growth and progress. Turkemistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgystan are turning their resources into a promise of a more prosperous future. You have built modern, inclusive and pluralist nations at a time when many in the region are caught in conflict and instability. Your success is as important for the region as it is for the world,” he added.

He further said that Central Asia is at the crossroads of Eurasia.

“It has been caught in the currents of history and it has also shaped it. It has seen rise and fall of empires. It has witnessed trade thrive and ebb,” he added. (ANI)

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