A Res­o­lute Drive to Act for the Good of the Two Peo­ples

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Greet­ing Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev dur­ing his state visit to In­dia for first time in his­tory, which took place on Septem­ber 30 - Oc­to­ber 1, Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi un­der­scored that the ro­bust strate­gic part­ner­ship be­tween Uzbek­istan and In­dia is crit­i­cal in New Delhi’s in­ter­ac­tion with Cen­tral Asia.

The leader of Uzbek­istan be­gan his first state visit to In­dia with a trip to Agra, and that was deeply sym­bolic. In­deed, it is in this very city that the Taj Ma­hal, equally dear to the Uzbek and In­dian peo­ples, was erected by or­der of the de­scen­dant of the great Zahirid­din Muham­mad Babur, Shah Ja­han, in mem­ory of his wife Mum­taz Ma­hal in 1632–1653.

“I am truly glad to be in the hos­pitable land of In­dia,” Shavkat Mirziy­oyev said. “In the heart of every Uzbek, In­dia has a spe­cial place. Our peo­ples have his­tor­i­cal ties, sim­i­lar cus­toms and tra­di­tions, the close­ness of the spiritual and cul­tural world. For us, In­dia is a great civ­i­liza­tion that ra­di­ates the light of good and tol­er­ance. Vis­it­ing Agra, our en­tire del­e­ga­tion was once again con­vinced of the kin­dred ties that bind our peo­ples. To­day, In­dia is rapidly de­vel­op­ing, ac­quir­ing a new look, con­fi­dently strength­en­ing its role as a global power and one of the lead­ing economies of our planet. This na­tion is at the fore­front of in­no­va­tion, pro­gram­ming, in­dus­try, ser­vices, and many other ar­eas.”

In this con­text, Uzbek­istan’s leader highly ap­pre­ci­ated the dy­nam­ics of Uzbek-In­dian re­la­tions and ex­pressed his con­vic­tion that the visit would al­low the two sides to fos­ter the strate­gic part­ner­ship to a new level.

The ar­rival of the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan al­most co­in­cided with the birth­day of an out­stand­ing states­man, a sym­bol of the in­de­pen­dence of In­dia, Ma­hatma Gandhi. To pay trib­ute to his mem­ory, Shavkat Mirziy­oyev vis­ited the Raj Ghat Me­mo­rial erected in honor of the na­tional hero. The cult figure is the em­bod­i­ment of ti­tanic will, courage, pa­tri­o­tism and the de­sire to make our world a bet­ter place. Uzbek­istan’s head of state cap­tioned his rev­er­ence for the amaz­ing man in a book for hon­ored guests.

The po­lit­i­cal for­mat of the ne­go­ti­a­tions took place in the city of New Delhi. In the cap­i­tal’s Palam Air­port, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan was met in ac­cor­dance with the tra­di­tions of In­dian hos­pi­tal­ity.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev held a meet­ing with lead­ers of ma­jor In­dian com­pa­nies in the res­i­dence re­served for the del­e­ga­tion of Uzbek­istan.

It was noted at the talks that large-scale re­forms im­ple­mented in Uzbek­istan con­trib­ute to cre­at­ing fa­vor­able conditions for the busi­ness of for­eign in­vestors.

The busi­ness fo­rum held on the eve of the visit of Shavkat Mirziy­oyev had served as an ef­fec­tive plat­form for build­ing part­ner­ship be­tween the en­tre­pre­neur­ial cir­cles of our two coun­tries. The fo­rum par­tic­i­pants dis­cussed the prospects of bi­lat­eral re­la­tions in the trade, eco­nomic and in­vest­ment spheres, in par­tic­u­lar, the es­tab­lish­ment of the Uzbek-In­dian Busi­ness Coun­cil.

The main events of the state visit took place on Oc­to­ber 1.

On that day, the leader of our coun­try re­ceived greet­ing in the Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van Palace at an official cer­e­mony of meet­ing. The guard of honor lined up to solemnly wel­come the dis­tin­guished guest. The orches­tra played the na­tional an­thems of the two coun­tries. The head of our state walked past the guard of honor.

At the talks be­tween Shavkat Mirziy­oyev and Naren­dra Modi in an ex­panded for­mat, i.e. with the par­tic­i­pa­tion of official del­e­ga­tions of the two na­tions, it was noted that In­dia wields tremen­dous eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties and is the sixth largest econ­omy in the world.

The Uzbek side stressed that In­dia’s ex­pe­ri­ence and tech­nolo­gies in the ar­eas of in­no­va­tion, pro­gram­ming, high-tech, health­care and ser­vices are im­por­tant for our coun­try where great at­ten­tion is paid to their ad­vance­ment. Dy­nam­i­cally de­vel­op­ing, sup­port­ing in­vestors, Uzbek­istan is a promis­ing part­ner for In­dia.

The par­ties dis­cussed new op­por­tu­ni­ties for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in the trade and eco­nomic, in­vest­ment spheres, in the field of high tech­nolo­gies, health­care, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, tourism and other sec­tors. They stressed that there are still un­tapped op­por­tu­ni­ties where the ac­tive de­vel­op­ment of di­rect con­tacts be­tween the re­gions of the two coun­tries can play a spe­cial role.

In gen­eral, within the frame­work of the Uzbek-In­dian ne­go­ti­a­tions, 20 doc­u­ments were signed, aim­ing to fos­ter the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields to a new, even higher level. A Joint State­ment was adopted by the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan and the Prime Min­is­ter of the Repub­lic of In­dia.

In ad­di­tion, the par­ties inked mem­o­ran­dums of un­der­stand­ing on the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions in the fields of mil­i­tary ed­u­ca­tion, law and jus­tice, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals.

At a press brief­ing for rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the me­dia, Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev noted: “We have agreed to se­cure the trade turnover be­tween the two coun­tries to 1 bil­lion US dol­lars... The cur­rent ne­go­ti­a­tions have shown our res­o­lute de­sire to act for the good of our coun­tries and peo­ples.”

In his turn, the In­dian Prime Min­is­ter said: “The Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan and I have ex­pan­sively dis­cussed the co­op­er­a­tion be­tween our na­tions and out­lined its promis­ing ar­eas. We reached agree­ments on the ap­pli­ca­tion of pref­er­ences in mu­tual trade, co­op­er­a­tion in the field of in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy, be­tween re­gions, and on a num­ber of other is­sues.”

In or­der to cre­ate fa­vor­able conditions for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of these tasks, the del­e­ga­tions agreed to en­cour­age di­rect con­tacts among the re­gions of Uzbek­istan and the states of In­dia and the busi­ness com­mu­ni­ties, or­ga­nize joint re­gional busi­ness fo­rums and co­op­er­a­tion ex­changes, ex­hi­bi­tions of ex­por­to­ri­ented prod­ucts, open trad­ing houses, con­clude trade and eco­nomic and in­vest­ment con­tracts.

Ac­cord­ing to ex­perts, the visit and its out­comes will un­doubt­edly oc­cupy an im­por­tant place in the his­tory of bi­lat­eral ties and bring the re­la­tions of the two coun­tries to a qual­i­ta­tively new level.

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