Narendra Modi and Islam Karimov
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) --
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov held negotiations with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on 6 July, who arrived today with an official visit to Uzbekistan.
Islam Karimov and Narendra Modi held cordial and productive discussions. The sides discussed issues of expanding economic cooperation, combating terrorism, advancing stability in the region and promoting regional integration.
Modi told President of Uzbekistan that there is a strong interest in Indian business to invest in Uzbekistan. There is immense potential in a broad range of areas in Uzbekistan. Indian Prime Minister urged Uzbekistan to make the process and the policies for Indian investments smoother. President of Uzbekistan responded positively to suggestion of Indian Prime Minister.
Islam Karimov and Narendra Modi also considered issues related to implementation of the contract for supply of uranium from Uzbekistan to India, which was signed earlier. The sides also discussed strengthening of ongoing cooperation in the areas of agriculture, information technology and energy.
President Karimov and Prime Minister Modi discussed various initiatives to further enhance connectivity between India and Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan and India also considered issues of cooperation in education sphere. Modi said that India will expand cooperation in capacity building through increase in the number of training offers in India.
Islam Karimov and Narendra Modi also discussed regional and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. The sides shared concerns on the rising threat of extremism and terrorism.
The sides agreed to intensify security cooperation and exchanges. The bilateral Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism will meet later this year. Uzbek President and Indian Prime Minister also agreed to strengthen cooperation in defence and cyber security.
In the result of the talks, Islam Karimov Narendra Modi signed a joint statement. Uzbekistan and India and also inked several inter-governmental and inter-departmental documents, directed at further strengthening multipronged bilateral cooperation.
On 7 July, Indian Prime Minister will visit visit to the Monument of Independence and Humanism and the Memorial of Late Indian Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri in Tashkent. He will also meet with Indologists, students learning Hindi and members of the Indian community.