India, Kyrgyzstan to work together against terrorism Signed 6 Agreements : PM Modi

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Kyrgyzstan President Almazbek Atambayev (L) shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) before a meeting at Hyderabad house in New Delhi on December 20, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / MONEY SHARMA

India and Kyrgyzstan on Tuesday signed six agreements, including on tourism, agriculture and youth affairs, following delegation-level talks led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Sharshenovich Atambayev here.

“Tourism, Agriculture, Youth Affairs and more – the leaders witness exchange of agreements that testify to the strength of #IndiaKyrgyz ties,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed on cooperation in youth exchange.

Another MoU was signed on cooperation between the Foreign Service Institute and the Diplomatic Academy of the Kyrgyz Republic.

A third MoU was signed on cooperation in the field of tourism, while a fourth one was signed on cooperation in the field of broadcasting and exchange of audio-visual programmes.

A fifth agreement was signed on cooperation in youth development.

Another agreement was signed on cooperation in agriculture and the food industry.

Earlier on Tuesday, President Atambayev was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan .

India and Kyrgyzstan also pledged to work together to prevent youths from falling prey to the common challenges of terrorism and extremism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said.

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Modi was addressing a joint media conference with visiting Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, who arrived in India on Sunday, leading a high-level delegation comprising of ministers, officials and business leaders.

Modi and Atambayev held talks at the Hyderabad House as the two countries signed a number of agreements to enhance their defence and economic ties.

“We discussed how we could work together to secure our youth and society from common challenges of terrorism, extremism and radicalism,” Modi said.

“We agreed on the need to overcome these challenges for the common benefit” of the two countries, Modi said.

Modi described Kyrgyzstan “a valuable partner in our common pursuit of making Central Asia a region of sustainable peace, stability and prosperity”.

The Prime Minister said the two countries would encourage better engagement in healthcare, tourism, IT and agriculture, mining and energy and build on bilateral cooperation, including “capacity building and training”.

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