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PM Modi gifts Uzbekistan President specially commissioned reproduction of Khamsa-i-Khusrau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov a specially commissioned reproduction of Khamsa-i-Khusrau by the 13th century sufi poet Amir Khusrau.


PM Modi gifts Uzbekistan President specially commissioned reproduction of Khamsa-i-Khusrau

Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday presented President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov a specially commissioned reproduction of Khamsa-i-Khusrau by the 13th century sufi poet Amir Khusrau.

Khusrau was born in Uttar Pradesh and his father hailed from Uzbekistan. Written in Persian, and profusely decorated and illuminated with various colours including gold and ultramarine, the work is a part of the manuscripts collection of National Museum, Delhi.

PM Modi also tweeted about the gift saying: “Delighted to gift President Islam Karimov a specially commissioned reproduction of Khamsa-i-Khusrau, by Amir Khusrau.”

On his first visit to Central Asian countries, PM Modi today held talks with Uzbek President Islam Karimov on key bilateral and regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan as the two countries inked three pacts to boost cooperation between their foreign offices and in the field of culture and tourism.

Modi, who arrived in the Uzbek capital on the first leg of his eight-day visit to Central Asia and Russia, was received at the airport by his counterpart Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev and was accorded a ceremonial welcome.

During the talks, Modi and Karimov discussed ways to enhance strategic, economic and energy ties apart from reviewing key regional issues including the situation in war-torn Afghanistan.

Addressing a joint press event, Modi said,"I have begun my journey in Uzbekistan underlining its importance for India, not just in this region, but also in Asia. President Karimov and I discussed various initiatives to further enhance connectivity between India and Uzbekistan," as per PTI.

He said they also discussed international and regional issues including the situation in Afghanistan and reiterated the importance of peace and stability in the country.

And in this context, Modi said both the leaders talked about the rising threat of extremism and terrorism in the "extended neighbourhood" of the two countries.

Noting that in recent years, India and Uzbekistan have built a strategic partnership on the foundation of mutual respect and shared interests, Modi said he conveyed his keen interest to sustain regular high level dialogue between the two sides.

"I briefed President about the International North South Transport Corridor and proposed that Uzbekistan consider becoming a member," Modi said.

Noting that the two countries have built a strategic partnership, Modi said, "This includes expanding economic cooperation, combating terrorism, advancing stability in the region and promoting regional integration. We also discussed regional and international issues, including the situation in Afghanistan. We also have shared concerns on the rising threat of extremism and terrorism in our extended neighbourhood," the PM said.

The two leaders agreed to intensify cooperation in key areas of defence and cyber security. In this regard, the bilateral Joint Working Group on Counter Terrorism will meet later this year.

Modi and Karimov also discussed steps needed to implement the contract for supply of uranium from mineral-rich Uzbekistan signed last year. The pact was signed for supply of 2,000 metric tonnes of the yellow cake.

Modi is here on his first-leg of six nation visit including Russia where he will be attending Summits of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

From Uzbekistan, Modi will go to Kazakhstan tomorrow. He will then travel to Russia on July 8, before flying to Turkmenistan on July 10, Kyrgyzstan on July 11 and Tajikistan on July 12.

The SCO Summit, to be held in Ufa in Russia, may see India getting the membership of the six-nation grouping comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which could be a major highlight of the visit.

(With PTI inputs) 

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