Uzbekistan and India expand cooperation

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi (Uzbek president's press service)

TASHKENT (TCA) — On January 18, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi within the framework of Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, held in the city of Gandhinagar, Gujarat on January 18-20, the Jahon information agency reported.

Welcoming the President of Uzbekistan, the Prime Minister of India expressed his sincere appreciation for participation of a representative Uzbekistan delegation in the Summit.

He noted that the present visit of the Uzbek President to India is a logical continuation of the dialogue at the highest level, as well as another clear evidence of steadily strengthening friendship and partnership between the two countries.

At the meeting, the parties considered issues of practical implementation of the arrangements reached and agreements signed following the state visit of the President of Uzbekistan to India in October last year, as well as prospects for expanding Uzbekistan–India cooperation.

Last week, the first meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of “India – Central Asia” Dialogue with the participation of Afghanistan was successfully held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan.

A joint Center for Development of Entrepreneurship began its work in Tashkent. It is planned to open the office of the Confederation of Indian Industry in Uzbekistan.

On January 17, the first meeting of Uzbekistan–India Business Council was held in Gujarat.

A technopark of advanced information technologies in Tashkent and a pharmaceutical zone in Uzbekistan’s Andijan region are being established jointly with Indian partners.

An agreement was reached with the Export-Import Bank of India on granting a preferential credit line in the amount of 200 million USD for financing socially significant projects in Uzbekistan.

Branches of leading higher education institutions of India — Amity and Sharda universities — will open their doors in Uzbekistan from the new academic year.

Also, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said that the two countries signed a long-term Uzbek uranium ore concentrate supply deal on January 18, Sputnik news agency reported.

“Both leaders [Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev] witnessed the exchange of contract papers between the Department of Atomic Energy of India and the Navoi Minerals and Metallurgical Company from the Republic of Uzbekistan for a long-term supply of uranium ore concentrate for India’s energy requirements,” a statement issued by India’s Ministry of External Affairs said.


Times of Central Asia