Voicing grave concern over rising trend of extremism and terrorism worldwide, India and Kyrgyzstan on Sunday signed four agreements including one to boost defence cooperation and hold annual joint military exercises.
The two countries also agreed to expeditiously consider signing an agreement on “combating international terrorism and other crimes”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived here on Saturday night as part of his eight-day six-nation tour to Central Asia, emphasised the need to combat terrorism and extremism which he described as a threat without borders.
“We both seek a peaceful and secure neighbourhood at a time of challenges in our region. And, we have shared interest in combating extremism and terrorism that has become a threat without borders,” he said in a joint press meet along with President Almazbek Atambayev after their talks.
The agreements include one on defence cooperation and culture. Two MoUs were also signed for cooperation between the Election Commissions of the two countries and on cooperation in the sphere of Standards, a move that will help economic relations.
A joint statement released later said both sides “expressed grave concern at the rising trend of extremism, radicalism and terrorism in the region and whole world”.
It said the Indian side highly appreciated the steps taken by the Kyrgyz government in combating terrorism and in retaining the secular character of Kyrgyz society.
“The two sides agreed to expeditiously consider signing an agreement on ‘combating international terrorism and other crimes’,” the statement said.
Inviting the parliamentary delegation of Kyrgyz, PM said that his government looks forward to the visit of a Kyrgyz Parliamentary delegation to India after the elections in the Kyrgyz Republic.
Noting that agriculture is an important sector in India and the Kyrgyz Republic, PM Modi said they will shortly hold a round-table to explore possible avenues for cooperation and identify concrete projects in this sector.
He also thanked Atambaev and Kyrgyzstan for the support in making the International Day of Yoga on June 21 a huge success.
On his part, President Atambayev said, “India won our hearts a long time ago when songs of Raj Kapoor became famous in our region.”
PM Modi also unveils a statue of Mahatma Gandhi on the street that bears his name.
PM Modi kicked off his visit earlier today by laying a wreath at the Victory Monument here in the national capital.