India, Kazakhstan pitch for stability in Af-Pak re
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Last Updated: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 23:25
Astana: Ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit here, India and Kazakhstan on Tuesday pitched for stability in the troubled Af-Pak region which is often described as the epicenter of global terrorism.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna, who is here to attend the summit, today met Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev and apprised him of India's role and development assistance in Afghanistan.

The two leaders also reviewed the regional situation, including the developments in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Krishna briefed Nazarbayev on India's ongoing dialogue with Pakistan and mentioned that he looked forward to the visit of Pakistan's Foreign Minister to New Delhi next month for talks.

"The two leaders spoke for the need for a peaceful and stable region which is good for both the region and world beyond," officials said.

Nazarbayev appreciated India's role in SCO and declared his support for India's membership of the regional forum.

Nazarbayev and Krishna also reviewed the bilateral relations between the two countries and looked forward to deepening further cooperation among them.

Krishna also met Chinese President Hu Jintao and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

They exchanged pleasantries, said an official.


First Published: Tuesday, June 14, 2011, 23:25

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