Swaraj leaves for home after Central Asian tour

• External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Aug 05, 2018 left for home from Uzbekistan after a “positive and productive” trip to three Central Asian nations to help boost India’s partnership with the strategic and resource-rich region.

• Earlier in the day, Swaraj met President Shavkat Mirziyoyev here in the Uzbek capital.

• The minister also paid floral tributes at the bust of India’s second prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri at his memorial in Tashkent.

• Swaraj, who arrived here on Saturday on her first visit to Uzbekistan, visited the Shastri memorial this morning.

• At the memorial, Swaraj also met with Yakov Shapiro who sculpted the bronze bust of Shastri.

• Shastri had died in Tashkent in January, 1966 after signing the Tashkent Declaration that formally ended the war between India and Pakistan.

• A memorial was built here in his memory.

• Swaraj also met with Speaker of Uzbekistan’s Legislative Assembly Nurdinjon Ismoilov and discussed the role of Parliament in fostering closer people-to-people relationship.

• Swaraj also addressed the Indian community here and inaugurated a mango festival.

• Swaraj also interacted with Uzbek Indologists, Hindi teachers and students.

• “Country with a strong cultural affinity towards India! EAM Sushma Swaraj interacts with Uzbek Indologists, Hindi teachers and students, and ITEC and ICCR alumni in Tashkent. They play an important role in promoting academic exchanges and people to people contacts,” he said.

• Swaraj had called on Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov and held bilateral discussions on Saturday.

• India and Uzbekistan are strategic partners with strong historical and cultural linkages.

• Swaraj was here on the final leg of her three-nation tour after her visit to Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

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