Indian community in Uzbekistan sends gift to Prime Minister Modi

An Indian community group, the India Club of Tashkent, sent a gift to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as a mark of respect for him, ahead of his arrival in Uzbekistan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit ).

An Uzbek wall carpet painted with an image of Prime Minister Modi was handed over to India’s ambassador to Uzbekistan. “Today, on behalf of 1800 Indians living in Uzbekistan, India Club Tashkent had your image painted on the Uzbek wall carpet as a sign of respect. We kindly ask you to accept this small gift,” said India Club in a letter to the Prime Minister.

Ashok Kumar Tiwari, President of the India Club, Tashkent, said: “All Indians linked to this organization are happy with the arrival of the Prime Minister in the country. This is his third visit to the country, reflecting the good relations between India and Uzbekistan. The Indian community here prepared this gift for him as a sign of respect.

“Uzbekistan’s handicrafts are very famous all over the world, so with the help of craftsmen here, we painted the image of PM Modi on the Uzbek wall carpet, which we will give to him. We look forward to meeting him in person during this visit,” he added.

Tiwari in his letter to the Prime Minister said India Club Tashkent was established 10 years ago in Tashkent to connect Indians living in Uzbekistan in one platform to celebrate all festivals of India with the same joy and gaiety as people living in India.

“India Club Tashkent, with the help of the Embassy of India, transported a huge amount of relief materials to the people of India during COVID. India Club Tashkent has done many noble deeds for the Uzbekistan and India, so that the friendship between India and Uzbekistan will be strengthened.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to attend the 22nd Summit of the Council of Heads of Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO-CoHS) today in Samarkand, Uzbekistan after two years of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He will attend the summit on Friday and is expected to hold bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Samarkand.

Prime Minister Modi and the Russian President will discuss Russian-Indian cooperation in the UN and G20 at the SCO summit.

Modi has led India’s delegation to the SCO summit every year since India became a full member in 2017. At the last two summits in 2020 and 2021, the prime minister has participated in the virtual format.

The summit would be the first in-person SCO-CoHS summit, following the last held in June 2019 in Bishkek, before the Covid pandemic hit the world as the next two summits under the chairmanships of Russia and Tajikistan were held in virtual form.

Leaders of SCO member states, observer states, the SCO secretary general, the executive director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS), the President of Turkmenistan and other guests will attend the meeting.

The SCO currently comprises eight member states (China, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Pakistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan), four observer states seeking full membership (Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran and Mongolia) and six “dialogue partners “. (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Turkey).

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