New Delhi: India and Uzbekistan are standing together firmly against terrorism and have similar concerns over separatism, extremism and fundamentalism, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday at a virtual summit with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Congratulating the president on the occasion of the fifth-year anniversary of his rule which will be on December 14, PM Modi said he was keen to visit the country this year, but could not do so because of the pandemic situation.

Replying to which Mirziyoyev said, “I hope that next year your official visit to Uzbekistan will take place. It will be a historical event in the development of the friendly relations between our countries.”

Referring to Uzbekistan President’s visits to India in 2018 and 2019, PM Modi said, “Those visits opened a new horizon for bilateral relationship.”

“The relationship between India and Uzbekistan goes back to a long time. We have similar threats and opportunities. Our approach towards these are also similar,” PM Modi said.

“India and Uzbekistan have the same stance against radicalism, separatism, fundamentalism. Our opinions are the same on regional security as well. We agree that Afghanistan needs a peace process led and controlled by Afghanistan. Additionally, the gains of the last two decades must also be preserved,” PM Modi said.

Talking about convergence of views between the two countries on regional issues, he said an Afghan-led and Afghan-controlled process is required to restore peace in Afghanistan. Modi also said that it was important to preserve the gains of the past two decades in Afghanistan.

"We have similar concerns over extremism, fundamentalism and separatism...We both are standing firmly together against terrorism," Modi said.