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On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Kazakhstan

On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Kazakhstan
On May 4, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev
had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan
Nazarbayev.
During the conversation, the heads of states discussed current issues of further
expansion and strengthening Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan multifaceted cooperation in the
context of implementing agreements reached at the highest level.
It was noted with deep satisfaction that the potential of relations of friendship, good-
neighborliness and strategic partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the
Republic of Kazakhstan is being fully realized due to political will and mutual support.
It was emphasized that the achieved high level of cooperation is a model of
interaction between the two fraternal countries and people.
In a short period, breakthrough results were achieved in all areas. 2018 is declared
as the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan for the first time in the history of bilateral
relations, the solemn opening of which was held on March 15 in Astana.
Mutually beneficial cooperation in trade-economic, investment, energy and
transport-communication spheres is developing dynamically. The trade turnover is steadily
growing, cooperation projects are being implemented in various sectors of the economy.
Contacts between regions and at the business level have been intensified. Flights
frequency, road and rail transportation volumes has increased, bus service has been
resumed. Cultural-humanitarian and tourist exchanges are expanding.
In this regard, practical results of activity of the Joint Intergovernmental
Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, which is an effective mechanism for promoting
joint projects and programs, were noted.
During the conversation, special attention was paid to issues of development of
good-neighborly relations between the Central Asian countries. Fruitful results of the first
Summit of the Heads of States of the region, held in March this year in Astana, were
emphasized with satisfaction.
The Presidents of the two countries also exchanged views on a number of current
issues of international policy and regional cooperation.
In conclusion, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and
the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev confirmed their firm
determination to expand multifaceted cooperation and strengthen the centuries-old ties of
friendship and partnership in the interests of the two fraternal countries and people.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic

of Kazakhstan

On May 4, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev
received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, co-chairman of
the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation Askar Mamin.

Welcoming the guest, the Head of the state noted the effective activity of
Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission and expressed satisfaction with
practical results of its activities.
The Commission, headed by the First Deputy Prime Ministers of the two countries,
has so far held 17 meetings, including the last one – in March this year in Astana. On May
4, Tashkent hosted working negotiations of the co-chairmen of the commission.
At the meeting, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan emphasized the
importance of further expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and joint implementation
of promising projects and programs in trade-economic, investment, transport-
communication, humanitarian and other spheres.
Askar Mamin expressed deep gratitude to the Head of the state for the warm
welcome and confirmed the readiness of Kazakhstan to further develop and strengthen
full-scale partnership between the two fraternal countries in order to unconditionally and
timely implement the agreements at the highest level.

Uzbekistan to establish badge "for contribution to development of civil society”
The badge will be awarded to representatives of public organizations and initiative
citizens who have made a worthy contribution to the development of the non-governmental
non-profit sector in the country, for the activity and achievements, the results of which
have had a significant impact on the formation and development of civil society.
Uzbekistan will establish a badge "for contribution to the development of civil
society". This was approved by the presidential decree "On measures to radically improve
the role of civil society institutions in the process of democratic renewal of the country"
dated May 4, 2018.
The badge will be awarded to representatives of public organizations and initiative
citizens who have made a worthy contribution to the development of the non-
governmental non-profit sector in the country, for the activity and achievements, the
results of which have had a significant impact on the formation and development of civil
society.
Adulaziz Kamilov holds meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary
On 4 May 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in
Dushanbe (Tajikistan).
The foreign ministers discussed topical issues of Uzbek-Hungarian cooperation in
various directions.
The sides confirmed mutual interest in building up interstate cooperation,
intensifying business contacts, scientific and cultural exchanges, strengthening ties
between educational institutions.
The ministers paid special attention to the regional and international agenda.

Meeting with the U.S. delegation

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the delegation of the U.S. Department of State, led by Deputy
Assistant Secretary of Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) Henry Ensher, in
Dushanbe.

During the conversation, certain aspects of Uzbekistan – U.S. cooperation in various
fields and forthcoming bilateral contacts were discussed.
The sides also exchanged views on some issues of international and regional policy
in the context of the agenda of the International Conference "Countering terrorism and
preventing violent extremism" in Tajikistan.

Meeting with the Minister of State for External Affairs of India

On May 4, 2018 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz
Kamilov, who is taking part in the International Conference "Countering terrorism and
preventing violent extremism" (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018), met with the Minister of State
for External Affairs of the Republic of India, Mobashar Jawed Akbar.
Practical aspects of Uzbekistan – India cooperation, first of all the course of
preparation for the forthcoming state visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat
Mirziyoyev to India, were discussed in the conversation.
The sides exchanged views on concrete mechanisms of interaction within the
framework of implementation of the Tashkent Declaration adopted on March 27, 2018
following the results of the high-level international conference on Afghanistan "Peace
process, security cooperation and regional connectivity".
At the meeting, current issues on the agenda of the meeting of the Council of Heads
of the SCO member states, in which the Indian side will participate for the first time as a
full member of the organization, were also considered.

Meeting with the delegation of MFA of Afghanistan

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic
Republic of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai, in Dushanbe.
During the discussion of issues of Uzbekistan – Afghanistan agenda, the sides
focused on prospects for development of cooperation in political, trade-economic,
investment, transport-communication and other spheres, implementation of joint projects.
At the meeting, proposals on cooperation within the framework of implementation
of tasks defined by the Tashkent Declaration following the results of the high-level
international conference on Afghanistan "Peace process, security cooperation and regional
connectivity", held on March 26-27, 2018, were also considered.
Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan
Sirojidin Aslov within the framework of participation in the International Conference
"Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism", in Dushanbe.
The sides discussed the current state and prospects of further development of
bilateral ties in the context of implementing the agreements reached at Uzbekistan –
Tajikistan summit, in March.
As it was emphasized, the first state visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat
Mirziyoyev to Tajikistan, its results became really historical and opened a new page in
relations between the two countries and people.
At the meeting, the ministers also exchanged views on some international and
regional issues.

Meeting with the UN Under-Secretary- General

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Under-Secretary- General of the UN Counter-Terrorism
Office Vladimir Voronkov, within the framework of the International Conference
"Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism" (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018).
The sides exchanged views on the state and prospects for strengthening Uzbekistan's
cooperation with the UN Counter-Terrorism Directorate within the framework of
expanding cooperation with the organization and its specialized institutions.
Current issues of implementing large-scale initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, with which he addressed the 72nd session of the UN General
Assembly in September 2017, were discussed.

Uzbekistan delegation takes part in the International Conference in Dushanbe
The delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs
Abdulaziz Kamilov took part in the International High-Level Conference "Countering
terrorism and preventing violent extremism" (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018), which was
conducted by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United
Nations, OSCE and the European Union.
At the conference, issues of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism
were discussed, as well as views were exchanged in determining further steps of
cooperation in this area.
In the speech of the head of Uzbekistan’s delegation, the main attention was paid to
the initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the issues of countering the extremist-
terrorist threat, forwarded at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, other
international events, as well as Uzbekistan's experience in solving this problem.
The conference was attended by leaders and high-ranking representatives of foreign
policy and other specialized departments of Central Asia, Hungary, Switzerland, Bahrain,
India, Armenia, Russia, China, USA, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Canada,
Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, Great Britain, Ukraine, the Republic of Korea, Japan,
Indonesia, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait,
Oman, Algeria, Syria, Libya and other countries, UN, OSCE, EU, CSTO, SCO, CIS.
The final document was adopted at the conference.
Uzbekistan – Turkey: A Pattern to Follow

Head of department at the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Research under
the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Bahrom Sotiboldiev, believes that Turkey,
member of G20, can serve as a good example for Uzbekistan in terms of economic
development.
– The Uzbek and Turkish peoples have for a long time been linked via friendly and
fraternal ties, common traditions, language and culture. Developed industry, transport
communications, sea routes, agriculture, tourist potential, huge experience of statehood of
Turkey are very important for Uzbekistan.
Turkey is in the G20, can serve as a worthwhile example in the level of economic
development. In the country’s economy, the share of industry is 28%, agriculture – 15%,
construction – 6%, services – 51%. In the total volume of industrial production, the
processing industry has the highest share. Today small business and private
entrepreneurship make a significant contribution to the production of industrial goods.

Well-developed are textile, food, mining, chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, metallurgy,
shipbuilding, automotive industries and the manufacturing of electrical household goods.
One of the fastest growing areas is tourism.
The study of the achievements of Turkey in these sectors, the use of advanced
experience of this country in the implementation of reforms, modernization of the
economy, as well as the involvement of Turkish entrepreneurs and companies in the
projects implemented in Uzbekistan fully meet the interests of our country.
In turn, Uzbekistan occupies an important place in Turkey’s policy in the region.
Our country today is one of the key partners of Ankara in Central Asia. Uzbekistan attracts
Turkey as a huge market, moving along the path of economic liberalization, a favorable
investment climate, with its historical cities, sacred places of pilgrimage. Hence, both sides
are interested in strengthening cooperation.
Relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey are consistently developing, and the trend
of positive growth is noticeable in all spheres. About 500 Turkish companies and firms
operate in our country today. In 2016 the volume of trade turnover between our countries
was $ 1.2 billion, then in the first nine months of 2017 it increased by 29%. Last year
alone, with the participation of investments of entrepreneurs from Turkey, more than 20
enterprises were organized, 53 representative offices of 53 companies of this country are
accredited. These figures clearly indicate the great prospects of Uzbek-Turkish relations.
In recent years, a new page has been opened in relations between our countries.
Indicative of this is the number of meetings between Presidents Shavkat Mirziyoyev and
Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In particular, the latter’s visit to Samarkand in November 2016,
the meeting of the heads of two states in May 2017 in Beijing at the forum “One Belt, One
Road”, at the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Science and
Technology in Astana in early September that year, as well as at the 72nd session of the
UN General Assembly on September 20 of the same year.
The state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to
Turkey on 25-26 October 2017 became a logical continuation of this dialogue. During the
visit, issues of cooperation between our two nations in the political, trade-economic,
investment, transport and communication spheres, agriculture, transport, tourism, science
and others were discussed in detail.
As a result of the negotiations, more than 20 documents were signed between
Uzbekistan and Turkey relating to various areas. A special place among them is the Joint
Statement signed by the Presidents.
During the visit, the head of our state drew attention to the inter-parliamentary ties
between the two countries. During his visit to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, he
got acquainted with its activities, stressed the need to strengthen inter-parliamentary
relations, exchange of experience on lawmaking issues, forms of parliamentary control.
During the visit to Istanbul, a forum was organized with representatives of financial
and business circles of the two countries, where agreements were signed for more than 30
projects worth $ 3.5 billion aimed at building large energy facilities, road infrastructure,
organizing modern industrial and logistics centers in food and agro-industrial spheres,
production of textile, electrical products, building materials.
The head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the agreement reached to bring
the volume of trade between our countries in the coming years to $ 3-4 billion opens wide
opportunities for entrepreneurs of the two countries.

The visit of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Uzbekistan served to
raise the relations between our countries to an even higher level. The inked documents and
reached agreements will undoubtedly help bolster the friendship between our fraternal
peoples.

On the 45th session of the council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC
On May 5-6, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Deputy
Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdujabar Abduvakhitov took part in the 45th session of the
Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in
Dhaka, Bangladesh.
The session was attended by delegations of OIC member countries, heads of a
number of international organizations and financial institutions.
By tradition, the meeting began with a brief ceremony of transferring the
chairmanship of the OIC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Côte d'Ivoire to
Bangladesh. As stated, Bangladesh has chosen “Islamic values for sustainable peace,
solidarity and development” as its motto.
The heads of ministries of foreign affairs of the OIC member states discussed
current international and regional problems, prospects for further development of
multilateral cooperation in political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other
spheres, considered issues of the OIC activity.
In the speech of the Uzbek delegation it was noted that the Republic of Uzbekistan
is taking practical steps to contribute to the development of Islamic civilization. In
particular, construction of the complex of buildings of Imam Bukhari International
Research Center in Samarkand is being completed, active work has begun at the ISESCO
Special Department at Tashkent Islamic University.
Participants of the session became acquainted with constructive ideas and initiatives
on development of science, technology and innovations forwarded by the Head of our state
at the first OIC Summit on Science and Technology in September 2017 in Astana. Their
attention was drawn to the proposal on holding the second Summit in 2020 in Uzbekistan.
On the initiative of the Uzbek delegation, the 45th session of the Council of
Ministers of Foreign Affairs of OIC adopted resolutions “On holding the second OIC
Summit on Science and Technology in 2020 in Uzbekistan”, “On establishment of the
Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent”, “On establishment of the International
Islamic Center for Young Scientists in Uzbekistan”.
In addition, in the relevant resolutions of the CMFA session, the importance and
relevance of the International High-Level Conference on Afghanistan "Peace process,
security cooperation and regional connectivity", held in Tashkent on March 26-27, 2018
was noted.

Lithuania FM arrives in Uzbekistan

On May 7, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Lithuania led by Minister of
Foreign Affairs Linas Antanas Linkevičius arrived in Tashkent.
The program of the visit includes meetings and negotiations at the Legislative
Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, the ministries of foreign affairs, foreign trade,
agriculture, State Committee for Investments, as well as participation in the round table
discussion of representatives of business circles of the two countries.
(Source: UzA)

On the forthcoming Uzbekistan – Belgium political consulting

On May 9, 2018, a regular round of Uzbekistan – Belgium inter-MFA political
consultations will take place in Brussels.
Within the framework of the event, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led
by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdujabar Abduvakhitov will also take part in the
seminar on “Central Asia and the EU through the prism of international initiatives of
Uzbekistan”, will hold presentations on trade, economic, investment and tourism potential
of Uzbekistan, meet and hold negotiations with the leading economic structures.

08.05.2018

Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan,
Islamabad

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