Political consultations between the Foreign Ministries of Latvia and Uzbekistan take place in Riga

23.02.2016. 07:40

On 22 February, political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Uzbekistan took place in Riga. Latvia’s delegation was headed by Political Director Eduards Stiprais, and Uzbekistan’s delegation was headed by Dilyor Hakimov, Deputy Foreign Minister.

The Uzbek delegation also met with Andrejs Pildegovičs, the State Secretary of the Latvian Foreign Ministry who emphasised the political dialogue and regular exchange of visits at various levels, including parliamentary cooperation, and stressed that Uzbekistan is a major cooperation partner to Latvia in Central Asia. Andrejs Pildegovičs commended the active participation of students from Uzbekistan in the Advanced Programme in EU Law and Economics at Riga Graduate School of Law.

Discussions addressed bilateral political and economic cooperation between Latvia and Uzbekistan, EU-Uzbekistan relations, and current issues in regional cooperation and security.

In the context of bilateral business contacts, the delegations noted stable foreign trade indicators and confirmed their mutual interest in expanding economic relations, especially in the areas of transport and transit, pharmaceuticals, textile, IT, agriculture, and tourism. A special focus was placed on education, highlighting the large number of students from Uzbekistan at Latvia’s institutions of higher education and the need to sign an inter-governmental agreement on educational cooperation. 

The work of the Latvia-Uzbekistan Intergovernmental Commission on Economic and Industrial Cooperation was commended, with the emphasis on its positive role in promoting economic growth. The Latvian and Uzbek diplomats concurred that both countries have the experience of successfully implementing development cooperation projects and Latvia’s expertise has been useful in the areas such as strengthening border guard services, social security, gender equality, and good governance, including in educational and parliamentary cooperation.

In a discussion on the relations with the European Union, Uzbekistan’s delegation expressed thanks to Latvia for its contribution to the review of the EU Strategy for Central Asia and the introduction of the principle of differentiation for the strengthening of relations with Central Asian countries. Implementation of Phase 9 of the European Union’s Border Management Programme in Central Asia (BOMCA) and the Central Asian Education Platform, where Latvia is the lead country was highlighted in particular.

In conclusion of the consultations, a special focus was placed on regional security matters, and views were exchanged on current developments in Afghanistan, Syria and Iran.

 


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