Kazakhstan seeks India`s support for accession to WTO
NEW DELHI. May 23. KAZINFORM. Seeking India's support for its accession to the World Trade Organisation, Kazakhstan has asked it to expedite the process of signing a protocol in this regard. Kazakh deputy Minister of industry and trade and chief negotiator on WTO issues Zhanar Aitzhanova has asked Minster of state for industry Ashwani Kumar to expedite India's signing of the protocol for Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO, an official release said today. Kumar is on a visit to Almaty in Kazakhstan. "India fully supports Kazakhstan's accession to the WTO. I hope that outstanding issues would be resolved and bilateral relations would be further strengthened during the forthcoming bilateral meeting between India and Kazakhstan," Kumar said. Kumar also met Kazakh Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin. Kazakhstan has also sought India's assistance in setting up industrial clusters for textiles and cooperation in areas of hi-technology and financial services. Highlighting India's need for energy security in view of huge imports of oil and gas, Kumar said, "participation of Indian oil and natural gas companies in Kazakhstan would be a win-win situation for both Kazakhstan and India," Kumar said, Kazinform quotes Zee News.