India, Uzbekistan ink pacts to boost cooperation [ Current Affairs ]


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan premier Karimov were signed agreement to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.

This visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi was part of his first leg of strategic tour among five Central Asian countries (Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan) and Russia.

Both countries discussed on following issues-

  1. Enhance strategic, economic and energy ties along with reviewing key regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan.
  2. To intensify security cooperation and exchanges for combating terrorism, promoting regional integration and advancing stability in the region.
  3. Enhance cooperation in the fields of defence and cyber-security.
  4. Implement the contract which was signed in 2014 for supply of 2,000 metric tonnes of the Uranium from mineral-rich Uzbekistan to India.
  5. In the areas of information technology, agriculture and energy.

India asked Uzbekistan to be part of INSTC (International North South Transport Corridor) similar to Ashgabat Agreement which is s a transit pact between Uzbekistan, Iran, Turkmenistan and Oman established in 2011.

INSTC ((International North South Transport Corridor)) is a ship, road and rail route for moving freight between India, Iran, Russia, Europe and Central Asia.

- Published on: July 10, 2015