PM Modi, who held restricted as well as delegation-level talks with Nazarbayev, noted that they also agreed to work closely to expand bilateral trade by addressing structural impediments between India and hydrocarbon-rich Kazakhstan.

"We have shared perspectives on many international issues, including regional peace, connectivity and integration; reforms in the United Nations; and combating terrorism," the Prime Minister said at a joint press event here with Nazarbayev.

Noting that the defence and security cooperation was an important dimension of strategic partnership between the two countries, PM Modi said, "We both want to make it stronger, including in defence manufacturing. We welcome the new Memorandum of Understanding on defence cooperation."

The MoU would further widen the scope of bilateral defence cooperation including regular exchange of visits, consultations, training of military personnel, military- technical cooperation, joint exercises, special forces exchanges and cooperation in UN peacekeeping operations.

Welcoming the signing of a contract between NC 'KazAtomProm' JSC and NPCIL for a renewed long term supply of natural uranium to India to meet its energy requirements, PM Modi said, "Kazaksthan was one of the first countries with which we launched civil nuclear cooperation through a uranium purchase contract.”

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