New Delhi: India and Uzbekistan will attend a virtual summit on Friday, December 11, to discuss bilateral relations and strengthen cooperation in the post-Covid world. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev are expected to discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest.
This will be the first bilateral virtual summit between India and a Central Asian country, as per a Ministry of External Affairs release. The visits of the Prime Minister to Uzbekistan in 2015 and 2016 and President Mirziyoyev to India in 2018 and 2019 have imparted a new dynamism to the strategic partnership, it said.
“The leaders will discuss the entire spectrum of bilateral relationship, including strengthening of India-Uzbekistan cooperation in the post-COVID world,” the MEA noted.
The two Asian countries have maintained high-level exchanges in the recent past. Several government-to-government agreements/MoUs are expected to be concluded coinciding with the virtual summit.
PM Modi has already attended virtual summits with leaders of the EU, Italy, Australia, Sri Lanka, Denmark, and Luxembourg is expected to conduct more such in the near future. A virtual summit with Bangladesh is scheduled for December 17.
Covid-19 situation in Uzbekistan
Meanwhile, Uzbekistan will begin large-scale trials of a Chinese-made coronavirus vaccine on Friday among its population. The country, with a population of around 34 million people, has recorded 74,498 coronavirus cases with 71,740 recoveries and 611 deaths.
Vaccine maker Anhui Zhifei Longcom Biopharmaceutical has delivered 3,000 doses of the vaccine and 3,000 placebos to the Central Asian country for phase 3 testing, the Uzbek innovation ministry said in a statement, news agency ANI reported. The trials involving 5,000 adults will begin on Friday.