Uzbekistan Foreign Affairs Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is on a 4-day visit to India, met External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday.
Kamilov has arrived with a a high-level delegation from his country. India and Uzbekistan will strengthen bilateral ties and discuss a wide range of issues during the course of his visit.
The delegation accompanying the Uzbek foreign minister comprises of Elyor Ganiev, Minister for Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, senior representatives from the Government of Uzbekistan, and chairmen and representatives from several government associations and corporations.
The ties between the two countries were elevated to the level of Strategic Partnership during the visit of late Uzbeki President Islam Karimov in 2011. This year, the two sides are celebrating 25 years of establishment of diplomatic relations.
After meeting Swaraj, Kamilov also met Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Industry and Commerce. He is also scheduled to call on Vice-President M Venkaiah Naidu.
The Uzbek delegation has arrived in India after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met in Astana in June on the sidelines of the SCO Heads of States meeting.
Both the leaders had decided to further strengthen and expand bilateral cooperation in all areas, particularly trade and economy.
“The Uzbek delegation leader and members have a series of meetings and interactions planned for the next four days,” the ministry said in a statement before their arrival.
(With inputs from PTI)