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, Times of India said in a report.
“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.