Sushma arrives Tashkent: To meet Indian community, pay homage to Shastri

Sushma arrives Tashkent: To meet Indian community, pay homage to Shastri

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj arrived here on an official visit to Uzbekistan on Friday as part of her last leg of the three nation Central Asian visit.

"EAM Sushma Swaraj arrives to a personal welcome by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov on her first visit to the country," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

Apart from meeting political leadership, Ms Swaraj will also interact with Indian community and offer tributes at Lal Bahadur Shastri memorial.

India's second Prime Minister and freedom fighter Lal Bahadur Shastri died of a heart attack in Tashkent in 1966 during an official visit.

He was only 61 at the time of his death.

Shastri had taken over the reins of governance after Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru's death in 1964.

On June 24, 2016, Prime Minister Modi paid homage to Lal Bahadur Shastri at a bust erected in his memory at the heart of Tashkent.

Mr Modi had also tweeted: "The life of Lal Bahadur Shastri ji inspires every Indian".

As part of her three nation tour, External Affairs Minister Ms Swaraj had called on Sooronboi Jeenbekov, President of Kyrgyz Republic and also had meetings with Foreign Minister Erlan Abdyldaev.

Prior to that, she visited Astana, capital of Kazakhstan, on Thursday and held important meetings.

MEA officials say ancient and historical ties of India with the Central Asian nations date back to 2500 years.

Ms Swaraj's three-nation tour to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan is seen as part of India's efforts to boost strategic partnership with the Central Asian nations. (UNI)