New Delhi: Nine agreements were signed between India and Uzbekistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a virtual summit with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Following the meeting, agreements in the energy, technology and cybersecurity sectors were signed. At this time, a loan of USD 448 million, to Uzbekistan, for four of its development projects, also was announced. Before this, India had announced financial assistance of USD 1 billion to Uzbekistan.
India has strengthened cooperation with the central Asian countries over the last few years. In 2015, Indian Prime Minister Modi visited all the five central Asian countries and started studying the cooperation with these countries. After that, the collaboration between India and the central Asian countries seems to be strengthening. During the virtual meeting held on Wednesday, a decision was taken to enhance the cooperation between India and Uzbekistan further. Cooperation in various sectors will be established for this purpose. India also is keen on strengthening cooperation with Uzbekistan. The Prime Minister said at this time that funding of many development projects in Uzbekistan is under consideration. While citing the bilateral cooperation between the two countries in defence, space and nuclear energy sectors, the Prime Minister underlined that these sectors would provide a solid foundation for the bilateral cooperation. Pointing out that joint exercises have started between the armed forces from both the countries, the Prime Minister said that India is willing to let Uzbekistan benefit from the Indian experiences.
At this time, Indian Prime Minister and the Uzbekistan President denounced terrorism of any nature. They clarified that there is a need to destroy places of the shelter of the terrorists and confront those who are supplying funds and facilities to these terrorists. Afghanistan also featured in the talks during the meeting.
The Prime Minister said that peace and stability in Afghanistan are vital for security and stability in the region. Prime Minister Modi underlined that the success achieved in Afghanistan so far should be securely preserved. This was also mentioned in the joint declaration released by both the leaders. It was also clarified at this time that the investment agreement between India and Uzbekistan would be finalised soon.