Uzbekistan has welcomed the holding of the first-ever joint military exercises in November 2019

India and Uzbekistan on Friday appreciated the enhanced pace of bilateral defence cooperation since the convening of the first meeting of Joint Working Group on Defence Cooperation in February 2019

While noting that defence is an important component of bilateral strategic partnership, India and Uzbekistan during their virtual summit, welcomed the holding of the first-ever joint military exercises in November 2019 coinciding with the visit of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to Uzbekistan.

The Uzbek side noted that they highly value the quality of training and capacity building courses offered by India and called for closer cooperation in defence areas.

The Uzbek President welcomed the establishment of an India Room in the Armed Forces Academy of Uzbekistan and thanked for the Indian assistance in the ongoing development of an IT Room in the Academy.

Both sides welcomed the deepening of their bilateral civil nuclear cooperation, in particular, the conclusion of the bilateral agreement between the Global Centre for Nuclear Energy Partnership, India and the Agency for Development of Nuclear Energy, Uzbekistan.

The two countries also emphasized the importance of a safe and secure regional environment for development and prosperity.

They agreed to cooperate in addressing threats and challenges to national as well as regional security. In this regard, the two sides welcomed the holding of the first bilateral dialogue between the National Security Councils in Tashkent in September 2019.

The two countries also agreed to further strengthen cooperation between the law enforcement agencies and special services of the two countries, including under the framework of the Uzbekistan-India Joint Working Group on Counter-Terrorism.