Uzbekistan supports India's bid for permanent UNSC seat

New Delhi, May 18 (ANI): India's bid to get a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has got another boost after Uzbekistan assured of full support.

During the meeting with Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh here today, Uzbekistan President Islam Abduganievich Karimov reaffirmed support for India's candidature for permanent membership of an expanded security council.

Karimov is on a state visit to India.

During the talks, Dr Manmohan Singh and President Karimov reviewed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and exchanged views on important regional and international issues, and agreed to strengthen their cooperation within the framework of the Shanghai Cooperation organisation.

Dr. Singh and President Karimov condemned terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. Both countries have been holding consultations on the issue, under the aegis of the Indo-Uzbek Joint Working Group on combating international terrorism,

Both leaders had also a detailed discussion on the continuing unstable situation in Afghanistan and underlined the importance of early establishment of peace and stability in the country.

Over thirty bilateral agreements were concluded, at the government level and between business entities, in areas such as information technology, pharmaceuticals, standardization, small and medium enterprises, coal gasification, oil and gas, science and technology, textiles, banking and tourism. (ANI)