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India and Uzbekistan declare Strategic Partnership

May 18, 2011

  • At the invitation of the Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh, His Excellency Islam Abduganievich Karimov, President of Republic of Uzbekistan is on a State visit to India. Today, he held talks with PM, both in the restricted and delegation level formats. The leadersreviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations andexchanged views on important regional and international issues. They noted and welcomed a strong similarity of outlook on bilateral, as well as, as a host of regional and global issues.
  • Both leaders agreed to elevate the bilateral relationship to a long term and strategic partnership based on equality and mutual understanding. The partnership envisages active cooperation in a wide spectrum of areas including political, counter-terrorism, economic, education, health, human resource development, energy, science and technology, tourism and culture.
  • Prime Minister and President Karimov condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Both countries have been holding consultations on the issue, under the aegis of the Indo-Uzbek Joint Working Group on combating international terrorism, which they agreed to continue.
  • The leaders had a detailed discussion on the continuing unstable situation in Afghanistan and underlined the importance of early establishment of peace and stability in the country. Prime Minister shared his perspectives on Afghanistan, based on his recent visit to Kabul.
  • Uzbekistan reaffirmed support for India's candidature for permanent membership of an expanded Security Council. The two sides also agreed to strengthen their cooperation within the framework of th Shanghai Cooperation organisation.
  • More than thirty bilateral agreements were concluded, at the Government level and between business entities, in areas such as Information Technology, Pharmaceuticals, Standardization, Small and Medium Enterprises, Coal gasification, Oil & Gas, Science &Technology, Textiles, Banking and Tourism. Salient details are given in the fact sheet issued separately.
  • EAM Shri S M Krishna called on President Karimov.Vice-President Shri Hamid Ansari and Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Smt. Sushma Swaraj, will also be calling on the visiting dignitary. In the evening, the Uzbek President will hold talks with President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil, who will also host a banquet in honour of the visiting dignitary.
  • A Joint Statement on the strategic partnership between India and Uzbekistan is expected to be issued at the conclusion of the visit this evening.

New Delhi

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