India, Kazakhstan to unveil roadmap for strategic ties
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Last Updated: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 00:14
Astana: India and Kazakhstan will unveil a roadmap for development of their strategic partnership here tomorrow when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Nursultan Nazarbaev hold talks amid keenness on both sides to step up relations, including nuclear and hydrocarbon sectors.

The roadmap will spell out how the two countries intend to take their relations in the future, Kazakh Deputy Foreign Minister Kairat Umarov told a select group of journalists here.

"The visit of the Prime Minister is important for strengthening strategic cooperation and developing relations," said Umarov on Singh's first visit.

He said Kazakhstan was interested in developing relations with India in a range of areas, including civil nuclear, hydrocarbon, agriculture, cyber security, textiles and pharmaceuticals.

Talking about civil nuclear cooperation, he said there should be no fears on developing this because of what happened in Japan.

Umarov, who was Kazakhstan's Ambassador to India till 2009, said the Japan incident was a "temporary" phase and in the long run, nuclear energy will be crucially required.

He noted that whatever happened in Japan was not a technical glitch but caused by natural calamity, which necessitated the need for re-assessing the safety of the reactors.

Referring to the proposed agreement under which ONGC Videsh Limited (OVL) will acquire 25 per cent stake in Satpayev oil block, Umarov said it would enable India to sell oil locally and the cash earned could be utilised for purchase of energy elsewhere till adequate facilities are in place to carry energy to India.

He said Kazakhstan favoured multiple channels of transporting hydrocarbons from the landlocked country to India and mentioned the proposed Turkmenistan-Afghanistan- Pakistan-India (TAPI) pipeline project.


First Published: Saturday, April 16, 2011, 00:14

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