India, Uzbekistan sign 17 agreements

New Delhi, Oct 1 : India and Uzbekistan on Monday exchanged memorandum of understanding (MoUs) and signed 17 agreements including for visa free travel for diplomatic passport holders, thus opening a new chapter in Indo-Uzbek relations.

“I want to express my deep respect to the people of India, a country with an ancient history, religious culture & political, economic & intellectual potential”,Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said at joint press statement with PM Modi in Delhi

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who is on a two-day visit to India, was on Monday received by President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. This is Mirziyoyev’s maiden visit to India since assuming office in 2016.

Delivering a joint press statement in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said meaningful discussions were held between the PM and the Uzbek president that will help deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.

The agreements signed between the two countries included collaboration on military education, agriculture and allied sectors, cooperation on science and technology an in the field of health and medical science.

The two countries have also agreed to cooperate in combating trafficking and illicit narcotic drugs. The two countries will also cooperate in exploring the outer space for peaceful purposes.

Business relationships between the two countries will be promoted through the India-Uzbekistan Business Council, for which an agreement was signed.

“This is our fourth meeting and I feel you (Uzbek President) are a special friend,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi also said the leaders took a long-term view on the regional issues of security, peace and prosperity and cooperation.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also expressed his deep respect for the people of India. He said India is a country with an ancient history, religious culture and political, economic and intellectual potential.

Earlier in the day, Mirziyoyev had praised India saying, “At the moment, India is a rapidly developing nation. India is confidently strengthening its role as global power”.

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