External Affairs Ministry Secretary (West) Navtej Sarna on Monday said that Uzbekistan has confirmed its support for India’s permanent candidature to the UN Security Council and was planning to take its relations with India to an entirely different level.
“The joint statement between the countries confirms Uzbekistan’s support for India’s permanent candidature to the UN security council. The two leaders struck an immediate personal rapport. It was a very focused conversation. They tried to search out means to take the relation between the two nations to an entirely different level, including in political, defence, and cyber cooperation. They discussed the challenges in increasing trading investment which is lack of surface connectivity,” said Sarna.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had earlier today said that India is looking forward to combating the menace along with Uzbekistan, besides enhancing bilateral ties with the country.
The Prime Minister further said that India was looking forward to expanding bilateral ties with Uzbekistan in matters related to economic cooperation, advancing stability and promoting regional integration.
Prime Minister Modi, who arrived in Tashkent today on the first leg of his eight-day tour to five central Asian countries and Russia, has also presented a specially commissioned reproduction of the Khamsa-i-Khusrau to Karimov.
Earlier in the day, Prime Minister Modi met his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev, whom he thanked for the warm welcome accorded to him upon his arrival.