Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had seperate meetings with the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit here and discussed a range of topics with them to further strengthen India's ties with the resource-rich Central Asian countries.
"We reviewed the full range of the India-Uzbekistan friendship, especially ways to boost economic and cultural cooperation," he said.
It is for the first time that an Indian prime minister is attending the SCO summit after India along with Pakistan became a full-fledged member of the grouping, jointly dominated by China and Russia, which has been increasingly seen as a counter to NATO.
President Mirziyoyev said the bilateral trade between India and Uzbekistan was USD 325 million which he said was far below the potential.
Mirziyoyev sought India's help to set up investment parks/zones in his country.
He also promised to send his Deputy Prime Minister to India. The date of the visit, however, was not disclosed.
The SCO currently has eight member countries which represents around 42 per cent of the world's population and 20 per cent of the global GDP.
Modi is expected to hold nearly half a dozen bilateral meetings with leaders of other SCO countries.
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