The Parliament of India is discussing over a proposal to form a Parliamentary Friendship Group with the friendly nations in a bid to strengthen the bilateral relations.

This information was announced by the Lok Sabha (Lower House of parliament) Speaker Om Birla on 16th March 2021 while he was meeting the Ambassador of Uzbekistan, Dilshod Akhatov, at Parliament. During the bilateral meeting, Om Birla highlighted that the “India Friendship Group” has been set up in both the Houses of the Uzbek Parliament (Oliy Majlis). Om Birla further noted that, the proposal to set up a Parliamentary Friendship Group for Uzbekistan is under consideration.

India-Uzbekistan Bilateral Relation

Both countries share a close friendly relation and both are also strategic partners. The relation between the countries has been steadily strengthening through cooperation in the areas such as trade, culture, politics, science, defence, humanitarian and education over the years. The strategic partnership between the countries has also reached new heights after the PM Modi visited to Uzbekistan in 2015 and again in 2016 and Uzbekistan President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited India in 2018 and in 2019.

Parliamentary Diplomacy

Speaker Om Birla mentioned that, the interactions between the democratic countries and sharing of best practices will strengthen the parliamentary diplomacy. The Parliaments of the countries are working to strengthen the bilateral ties. Both countries also cooperate in the field of training and capacity building of the parliaments.

Bilateral Economic Relation

Indian and Uzbekistan also focus on issues such as agriculture, trade, tourism, health and renewable energy. These areas have huge potential to boost the bilateral trade.

Bilateral Military cooperation

Indian and Uzbekistan military cooperation also strengthening over time. The Indo-Uzbekistan Joint Military Exercise “Dustalik-II” is also a milestone to boost the cooperation.

DUSTLIK

It was the first-ever joint military exercise of the Indian army and Uzbek army. The first exercise took place in the year 2019 in Uzbekistan. The curtain raiser was chaired by Indian Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Defence Minister of Uzbekistan. The exercise focused on the counter terrorism.

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