A ceremony of documents exchange was held following the high-level talks in New Delhi.Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi signed the Joint Statement, and also oversaw the signing of 17 accords on scientific and technical cooperation, agriculture, tourism, military education, justice, health and medical science, pharmaceuticals, space exploration for peaceful purposes and other areas.
Agreements were also signed on the establishment of cooperation between the Andijan province and the state of Gujarat, the cities of Samarkand and Agra and setting up of a free pharmaceutical zone.
Delivering a joint press statement in Delhi, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also expressed his deep respect for the people of India. He said India is a country with an ancient history, religious culture and political, economic and intellectual potential.
Earlier in the day, Mirziyoyev had praised India saying, “At the moment, India is a rapidly developing nation. India is confidently strengthening its role as global power”.
He also noted that Uzbekistan attached priority to relations with India, and the talks held in a constructive spirit confirmed mutual interest in advancing bilateral cooperation. The parties agreed to elevate the trade turnover between the two countries to US$ 1 billion.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said meaningful discussions were held between the PM and the Uzbek president that will help deepening the strategic partnership between the two countries.
“This is our fourth meeting and I feel you (Uzbek President) are a special friend,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi also said the leaders took a long-term view on the regional issues of security, peace and prosperity and cooperation.
Mirziyoyev, along with his wife Ziroat Mirziyoyeva visited the Taj Mahal on Sunday and described it as a temple of eternal love.
The president is also being accompanied by high-level Uzbek delegation members, including senators and provincial governors, as well as heads of the Investment Committee, Tourism Committee, Ministries of Trade, Healthcare, Education, Information Technology and Innovation.