Kyrgyzstan

Government of India donates humanitarian aid worth Rs. 22.13 lakh to Government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan

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New Delhi, December 12, 2005 - Government of India has donated medical equipment and medicines worth Rs. 22.13 lakh to Government of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan as humanitarian aid. The material was handed over, in a ceremony held in Bishkek on December 8, 2005, to H.E. Mr Aidaraliev, Deputy Minister of Emergency Situations of the Kyrgyz Republic by Shri A. Ramesh, Ambassador of India to the Kyrgyz Republic.

This was in response to a request received from the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic seeking assistance to mitigate the consequences of heavy rains and floods that struck Southern Kyrgyzstan in recent months causing landslides. The donation consisting of life saving drugs, antibiotics, X-ray machines, mobile anaesthesia apparatus, portable defibrillator, and apparatus for artificial respiration will strengthen the capacities of the local authorities in Kyrgyzstan to respond to very specific demands that have been generated by such a type of natural disaster.

Government of India also conveyed to Government of Kyrgyzstan its solidarity with the people of Kyrgyzstan and expressed the hope that support provided would alleviate to some extent the problems being faced by the people in the affected regions.

The humanitarian assistance to the friendly people of Kyrgyzstan is part of India's efforts aimed to increase cooperation with countries in Central Asia which form part of our extended neighbourhood. India and Kyrgyzstan share strong historical and cultural ties and are today engaged in diversifying relations and expanding cooperation. India is also engaged in executing other cooperation projects in Kyrgyzstan such as in the field of small and medium enterprises, information technology, high altitude medical research and educational training.