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International connectivity summit invite sent to PM Modi

Alok Parekh

Uzbekistan has welcomed Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, alongside different pioneers in Central Asia for an International connectivity summit on July 15 and July 16. The International connectivity summit is scheduled to happen in Tashkent, which is the capital of Uzbekistan. The summit which is called ‘Central Asia and South Asia regional connectivity: Challenges and opportunities is an idea that will be organized by the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

During the International connectivity summit, leaders will mainly discuss Economic Cultural, security, and aims to maintain and update historical relations. In addition to the Indian Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of Pakistan, leaders and representatives from China, Japan, Iran, the United States of America, and the European Union are also being invited to the summit.
In late February this year, the foreign minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, had visited the national capital of India. During his visit, he had given an invitation to PM Modi. Besides visiting New Delhi, Kamilov had also visited the capital states of four other Central Asian countries for inviting their leaders to the summit. He had visited Islamabad in March, to extend the invitation to PM Imran Khan.

The summit would observe the coming together of leaders and representatives from South as well as Central Asia and the main motive will be to better the connectivity between the two nations. This will be the first-ever initiative by Uzbekistan of such a kind. Uzbekistan and Liechtenstein are the only two countries from all over the world that are doubly landlocked. During the December virtual summit between Indian PM Modi and Uzbek President  Mirziyoyev, the latter announced the intention to join the International North-South Transport Corridor that connects Mumbai to Moscow. India and Uzbekistan have formed a group with Iran to ease engagement on the Iran-based India’s Chabahar port.


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