Visit of Prime Minister Modi to Uzbekistan

On his first visit to Central Asian countries, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on 6 July 2015, held talks with Uzbekistan President Islam Karimov on key bilateral and regional issues, including the situation in Afghanistan.

The two leaders also discussed ways to implement the contract for supply of uranium from mineral-rich Uzbekistan. The pact was signed in 2014, for supply of 2,000 metric tonnes of the yellow cake.

They also explored various initiatives to further enhance connectivity between the two countries and in this context, Mr Modi briefed Mr Karimov about the International North South Transport Corridor and proposed that Uzbekistan consider becoming a member.

The International North-South Transport Corridor is a ship, rail and road route for moving freight between India, Russia, Iran, Europe and Central Asia while the Ashgabat Agreement is a transit pact established in 2011 between Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Oman.

Noting the importance of adequate and timely responses to threats and challenges to national as well as regional security, the two sides expressed their intention to strengthen coordination between the law enforcement agencies and special services, including under the framework of the Uzbekistan-India Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism.

They also agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of defence and cyber-security.

The two sides also recognised tourism as an important area of bilateral cooperation and agreed to implement practical measures under the framework of the bilateral agreement on cooperation in tourism signed during the visit.

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