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PM holds talks with Uzbekistan President

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a 8 day visit to Central Asia and Russia arrived in the Tashkenton, the capital of Uzbekistan, on his first leg of the visit.

Key points of the talk

  • India and Uzbekistan decided to boost ties in key areas of atomic energy, defence and trade. Both countries signed three pacts to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Islam Karimov as they also shared concerns over rise in terrorism in their “extended neighbourhood”.
  • Both the leaders agreed to intensify security cooperation and exchanges. The bilateral Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism will meet later this year. They also agreed to strengthen cooperation in defence and cyber security.
  • Last year India and Uzbekistan signed a contract for supply of uranium from mineral-rich Uzbekistan. The two leaders also discussed ways to implement the contract. The pact was signed for supply of 2,000 metric tonnes of the yellow cake.
  • PM Modi briefed his Uzbek counterpart about the International North South Transport Corridor and proposed that Uzbekistan consider becoming a member and sought his support for India joining the Ashgabat Agreement.
  • The two sides recognised tourism as an important area of bilateral cooperation.
  • The two countries called for comprehensive reforms of the UN structures specially Security Council, including expansion in both categories of membership.
  • Both sides agreed for joint investment projects in sectors such as pharmaceuticals, light industry, IT and communications.