Within a week of entering into a strategic partnership with Afghanistan, PM Manmohan Singh on Wednesday exchanged notes with visiting President of Uzbekistan Islam Abduganievich Karimov on the “unstable situation” in Afghanistan.
New Delhi also entered into a “strategic partnership” with Uzbekistan, one of Afghanistan’s neighbours.
An official statement, after the talks between Singh and Karimov, said, “The leaders had a detailed discussion on the continuing unstable situation in Afghanistan and underlined the importance of early establishment of peace and stability in the country. Prime Minister shared his perspectives on Afghanistan, based on his recent visit to Kabul.”
The statement said both sides discussed the challenges emanating from the region, including drug trafficking. A senior South Block official explained that since Uzbekistan is in India’s extended neighbourhood, it has a lot of interest in the situation in Afghanistan. “Both India and Uzbekistan are interested in stability being achieved in Afghanistan,” Ajay Bisaria, joint secretary (Eurasia), said.