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Central Asia

23 January: During Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s visit to India,the two countries signed a major agreement for supply of uranium by Kazakhstan and a comprehensive cooperation in civil nuclear energy programme. Kazakhstan also invited India to join in uranium exploration.

19 February:Kyrgyzstan Parliament approved a government proposal to shut a strategic US airbase at the Manas international airport, the Pentagon’s last foothold in Central Asia. The airbase was a transit point for US-led fighting in Afghanistan.

7 September: During the two-day visit from 6-7 September of Indian President Pratibha Patil to Tajikistan, both countries emphasized the unrealized potential for cooperation in the energy sector. She was the first Indian head of the state to visit Tajikistan.

14 September: During Mongolian President Tsakhiagiin’s India Visit,India signed a civil nuclear agreement with Mongolia for the supply of uranium along with four other pacts in the field of peaceful uses of radioactive minerals and nuclear energy, health, culture, and statistics.

14 October:  The 10-member countries and observers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), the central Asian security grouping, at Beijing pledged to work together on combating terror and improving financial co-operation among Asian nations to combat financial crisis.

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