In June 2016, the 15-year summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SOZ) was held in Tashkent, which ended with the signing of a final declaration. It should be noted that neither the official rhetoric surrounding the summit nor the majority of the analytical pieces related to it mentioned another memorable date – the 50th anniversary of the 1966 Tashkent Declaration, which founded a peace agreement between India and Pakistan. The fact that these two Asian powers are heading towards full membership of the SOZ in 2015-2016 is considered a success for the organization. The blog New Asian Perspectives has decided to recall recent diplomatic history. VI The Prime Minister of India and the President of Pakistan agreed to consider measures to restore economic and trade relations, communications and cultural exchanges between India and Pakistan and to take measures to implement the existing agreements between India and Pakistan. A high-level multisectoral delegation, led by Abdulaziz Kamilov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, visited India from 21 to 23 August 2017. The delegation included Mr. Elyor Ganiev, Minister of Foreign Trade and senior officials from several state ministries and industry associations. Foreign Minister Kamilov called Hon`ble Vice President of India.
He also met with Sushma Swaraj, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shri A.K. Doval, National Security Advisor, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry (Independence Charge), Ms. Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Shri M.J. Akbar, with other commitments. During the delegation`s visit, an Uzbek-Indian economic forum was held on 22 August 2017. Twenty-two contracts worth more than $80 million and 20 investment agreements worth more than $70 million were signed at the Forum. The delegation visited the National Museum in Delhi and visited the special gallery dedicated to Central Asia. An agreement was reached for the transfer of copies of the manuscript “Diwan-i-Babur” to Uzbekistan. Trade relations between India and Uzbekistan are governed by the Trade and Economic Cooperation Agreement signed in May 1993, which contains features of trade agreements such as mutual taxation of most of the world, etc. India and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on the avoidance of double taxation in 1993 and another on bilateral investment promotion and protection (BIPPA) in May 1999.
India has offered to terminate BIPPA and sign a new Bilateral Investment Agreement (BIT) under consideration. An important concrete finding of the discussions was that India has finally signed the three basic logistics and communication agreements (BECA, LEMOA, COMCASA), which form the basis of the India-US Defence Cooperation Framework. The effectiveness of the 2+2 dialogue mechanism is reflected in the fact that the US allowed the Indian Navy, just a month after the talks, to lease two MQ-9B Sea Guardian surveillance drones for training and initiation purposes, while India consolidates a much larger order of 24 such drones via the Route Foreign Military Sales. . . .