Tashkent: In the first phase of his eight day visit to central Asia and Russia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday held talks with Uzbek President Islam Karimov on various important bilateral and regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan. Both sides also signed three pacts to boost co-operation between the two countries in the field of culture and tourism.
Prime Minister Modi was received at the airport by his counterpart Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev and was given a ceremonial welcome.
Modi and Karimov discussed the ways to enhance strategic, economic and energy ties apart from reviewing key regional issues including the deteriorating condition of Afghanistan.
Prime Minister Modi said, “I have begun my journey in Uzbekistan underlining its importance for India, not just in this region, but also in Asia. President Karimov and I discussed various initiatives to further enhance connectivity between India and Uzbekistan.”