New Journey for an ancient relationship – PM Modi

By Sarkaritel July 7, 2015 13:35

New Journey for an ancient relationship – PM Modi

By TN Ashok / Diplomatic Editor

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 07:
Visiting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi today described his five nation tour of Central Asia as “the start of a new journey for an ancient relationship.”

“ Tashkent is a city that echoes with the footfalls of history. It holds a special place in the hearts of Indians. We thank you for the permanent monument to our late Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri, who died here nearly 50 years ago.My visit also speaks of Uzbekistan’s leadership in the region, Modi said in his speech at the banquet raised in his honour by the President Islam Karimov.

Stating that the dawn of independence is also the moment of greatest challenge for a nation, Modi said Karimov had led his country to freedom. “You have built a modern, inclusive and stable nation that is now among the fastest growing economies in Asia and beyond. And, you are striving for your region’s progress with great vision.”

“You visited India within months of Uzbekistan’s independence. It tells us that bonds of human hearts do not fade due the barriers of history and politics. Your five visits to India reflect the strength of your commitment to our partnership”, Modi said.

The glory of Central Asia, the splendour of its culture, the achievements of its science, the beauty of its art and the magnificence of its architecture are woven around the great cities of Uzbekistan. The timeless links between India and Central Asia were formed on the territory of Uzbekistan. India’s spiritual heritage influenced early life in this region. In turn, we see you imprint in our own cities and our daily life – in devotion and celebration, in art and architecture, in our music and food, in textiles and handicraft, Modi said. .

The strains of Sufi songs and Bhakti poems are in harmony in their eternal spiritual search. The radio broadcast in Hindi has completed 50 years in Uzbekistan and Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata have been telecast here more than once. It is as much a reflection of our enduring links as it is of Uzbekistan’s openness to the world, Modi said.

Now, we are building a relationship that will give our people a prosperous future, keep our nations safe and uphold our shared values, Modi said adding , Closer ties between a nation of 1.25 billion experiencing rapid economic growth and Central Asia will boost prosperity in our nations, contribute to Asia’s resurgence and reconnect Eurasia.

“Our cooperation can counter extremism and terrorism that is a threat to our security and our region’s stability. We also seek your partnership to connect more closely with Central Asia. We deeply value your support in international forums, including the United Nations”, Modi said.

In a rapidly changing world, some things are constant, Modi pointed out saying relationships are driven not just by needs, but by values and emotions. “ India and Uzbekistan are blessed with vast goodwill and, even more, with great potential. It is time for us to move boldly to seize our opportunities. “

By Sarkaritel July 7, 2015 13:35

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