New Uzbekistan envoy presented credentials to President of India

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New Delhi: On March 27, the new Ambassador of Uzbekistan Sardor Rustambaev presented his credentials to the President of India Draupadi Murmu at the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

President Murmu wished Ambassador Rustambaev success in his new role and hoped for stronger bilateral relations during his tenure.

The official ceremony in New Delhi was followed by a conversation about multilateral cooperation between India and Uzbekistan, including the future prospects for enhancing the relationship.

The two nations remain committed to strengthening mutually beneficial cooperation. Regular meetings and high-level communications are proof of both countries’ determination for the same, which allows them to take the strategic partnership to a new level.

Ambassador Sardor Rustambaev replaced Dilshod Akhatov as the head of Uzbekistan’s diplomatic mission in India. Having worked in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2000, he holds a wealth of experience in international relations and diplomacy.

He earlier headed the diplomatic mission of Uzbekistan in France between 2018 and 2023. He has also served at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in the UK and the Secretariat of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in China.

The recent meeting involved a discussion and analysis of India and Uzbekistan’s current state of cooperation. The willingness of the two nations to push for greater multifaceted cooperation was affirmed during the conversation between President Murmu and Ambassador Rustambaev. Both sides expressed confidence for mutually beneficial growth across sectors.

India and Uzbekistan hold shared cultural values. The cultural connection is also reflected in Indian cinema’s popularity in the Central Asian nation. Indian film stars such as Aishwarya Rai, Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, and Amitabh Bachchan are household names in the country.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan is a popular tourist destination among Indians. More than 30,000 Indian tourists visited the country in just the first 10 months of 2023.

From political and economic to cultural and humanitarian spheres, there’s potential for greater cooperation between the two countries.

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