Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received Guard of Honour at Rashtrapati Bhawan today. This is the first visit of the Uzbek President to India. Addressing the media , the visiting President has said that India and Uzbekistan share a historical tie while adding that India takes a special place in the heart of Uzbek people. The Uzbek President also visited Rajghat and paid tributes to Father of the nation Mahatma Gandhi. The Visiting President will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Hyderabad House in the afternoon. He will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during his two-day visit to India. The relations between India and Uzbekistan have traditionally been close and cordial. Since 2011, the two countries have elevated their relations to the level of Strategic Partnership encompassing cooperation in a wide spectrum of areas including political, economic, education, health, human resource development, defence, counter-terrorism, science and technology, culture and tourism. This visit will provide an opportunity to discuss bilateral, regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest and reinforce the strategic partnership which exists between India and Uzbekistan. India is conceptualising a transport corridor which can be a very important link between Asia and Europe, for which Uzbekistan can serve as a major transit point. The Uzbekistan President arrived in New Delhi on Sunday on a two-day visit to India. He was received at the airport by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. He is accompanied by his spouse and a high level delegation. Earlier on Sunday, Mr Mirziyoyev visited Taj Mahal in Agra.