New Delhi, July 6: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Uzbekistan capital, Tashkent on the first leg of his eight-day visit to Central Asia and Russia, aiming to enhance strategic, economic and energy ties besides attending Summits of BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was received at the airport by his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev and his cabinet colleagues.
"Hello Uzbekistan! I thank PM Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome in Tashkent.Wonderful being here," Modi tweeted. From Uzbekistan, Modi will go to Kazakhstan on Tuesday.
He will then travel to Russia on July 8, before flying to Turkmenistan on July 10, Kyrgyzstan on July 11 and Tajikistan on July 12.
The SCO Summit, to be held in Ufa in Russia, may see India getting the membership of the six-nation grouping comprising China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, which could be a major highlight of the visit.