India, Uzbekistan to fight terror collectively
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asserted that stability and prosperity of Central Asia was in the interest of India.india Updated: Apr 27, 2006 00:30 IST
Asserting that stability and prosperity of Central Asia was in the interest of India as well as the world, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said India and Uzbekistan should fight the menace of terrorism collectively.
Speaking at the banquet hosted in his honour by Uzbek President Islam Karimov, he asked Tashkent to lead the way in ensuring peace and stability in the region.
"Our common objective is to seek peace and prosperity for our people. Terrorism is a menace that must be fought collectively," Singh said.
He noted that stability and prosperity of Central Asia "is in the interest of not just India but the world community as a whole. This goal cannot be reached without Uzbekistan, which must lead the way."
Uzbekistan, which shares border with Afghanistan, is also facing terrorism in some parts from extremist elements from Afghanistan. India faces terrorism sponsored by Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Singh and Karimov shared concerns over terrorism and extremism as they discussed the matter.