Rajnath Singh meets with Afghan chief executive in Tashkent

TASHKENT: Minister of Defense Rajnath Singh met with Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, executive director of Afghanistan on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting here on Saturday.

The leader emphasized economic cooperation during his speech at the SCO meeting earlier in the day. He also stressed the importance of SCO countries joining together to face the threat of terrorism .

He was received by the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulla Aripov at the SCO meeting, according to the Office of Raksha Mantri.

Singh had arrived for a three-day visit on November 1. He paid floral taxes on the statue of the former prime minister Lal Bahadur Shastri on Shastri Street here. The former leader died in Tashkent on January 11, 1966.

The defense minister also visited Shastri Memorial School here and interacted with the students studying there. He also signed the Guest Book at the school where he paid tribute to Shastri.

Apart from participating in the SCO meeting, he will also hold bilateral engagements with Uzbekistan leaders.