Indian, Uzbek Leaders Agreed to Work to Stabilize Afghanistan

  • Date of Publication : 2/10/2018 at 12:25 GMT
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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev have agreed to work to stabilize Afghanistan following the Uzbek leader’s visit to India, Asia News reported.

“Both India and Uzbekistan aspire towards a safe and prosperous external environment,” said Modi quoted by the ToI. “We appreciate their efforts in maintaining regional peace and stability. I can assure you that India will help in your efforts. Both India and Uzbekistan wish a democratic, stable and prosperous Afghanistan.”

Modi said India will provide a $200 million line of credit for low-cost homes and such other social infrastructure projects in Uzbekistan.

“In addition, we welcome the proposals of Uzbekistan in line with $800 million lines of credit and ‘buyers credit’ by Exim Bank,” he said.

Uzbekistan President meanwhile said his government will join the International North-South Transport Corridor.

The joint statement also records India’s gratitude for Uzbek help in getting India to join the Ashgabat Agreement. Both sides committed to starting negotiations for India-Uzbekistan Preferential Trade Agreement by the end of 2018, the report said.

A joint statement between the two countries “reiterated support for efforts of the government and the people for a genuine Afghan-owned, Afghan-led and Afghan controlled peace and reconciliation process that will allow for a peaceful, secure, united, inclusive and prosperous nation.

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