INDIA AND UZBEKISTAN ARE FRIENDLY AND STRATEGIC PARTNERS: LOK SABHA SPEAKER SHRI OM BIRLA
TOURISM, AGRICULTURE, HEALTH AND RENEWABLE ENERGY HAVE IMMENSE POTENTIAL TO INCREASE BILATERAL TRADE BETWEEN INDIA AND UZBEKISTAN: SHRI BIRLA
ONGOING INDO-UZBEKISTAN JOINT MILITARY EXERCISE 'DUSTALIK-II' IS AN IMPORTANT MILESTONE: LOK SABHA SPEAKER
SHRI BIRLA EMPHASIZED ON INTERACTIONS BETWEEN DEMOCRATIC COUNTRIES AND SHARING OF BEST PRACTICES FOR FURTHERING PARLIAMENTARY DIPLOMACY
New Delhi 16 March 2021: H.E. Mr. Dilshod Akhatov, Ambassador of the Republic of Uzbekistan called on Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla in Parliament today.
Welcoming Mr. Dilshod Akhatov, Shri Birla mentioned about the close relations between India and Uzbekistan, stating that India and Uzbekistan share friendly relations, and the two countries are also strategic partners. Shri Birla said that there has been a steady increase in cooperation between India and Uzbekistan in all areas, including politics, trade, culture, science, humanitarian, defense and education, over the years. He further stated that the strategic partnership of the two countries has reached new heights after the visits to Uzbekistan in 2015 and 2016 by Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi and in October, 2018 and January 2019 by Uzbekistan President HE Mr. Shavkat Mirzioev.
Shri Birla emphasized on interactions between democratic countries and sharing of best practices for furthering parliamentary diplomacy. In this regard, Shri Birla expressed his gratitude to the Chairman of Oli Majlis (Uzbek Parliament) for extending him invitation to visit Uzbekistan.
Shri Birla noted that Parliaments of the two countries are working to strengthen bilateral relations. He was also happy to note that India Friendship Group has been formed in both the houses of the Uzbek Parliament. Shri Birla informed that a proposal to form a Parliamentary Friendship Group for Uzbekistan is under consideration in our Parliament and all efforts are being made by our Parliament to form friendship groups with friendly countries.
On capacity building of parliaments, the Lok Sabha Speaker said that there is good cooperation between the two countries in the field of training and capacity building. Shri Birla also focused on issues like Tourism, Agriculture, Health and Renewable Energy and said that these areas have immense potential to increase bilateral trade. He mentioned that through Chabahar port in Iran and being part of Uzbekistan's INSTC (International North-South Transport Corridor), India and Uzbekistan and the whole of Central Asia will have better connectivity in the future.
On the military cooperation between the two countries, Shri Birla said that the ongoing Indo-Uzbekistan Joint Military Exercise 'Dustalik-II' in Uttarakhand is an important milestone in the growing cooperation between the two countries.