On 28 and 29 March 2019, Tashkent is hosting political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Latvia and Uzbekistan. Latvia is represented in the talks by Under Secretary, Political Director Jānis Mažeiks, and the delegation of Uzbekistan is headed by Deputy Foreign Minister, Dilshod Akhatov.
The consultations addressed the matters of current importance in bilateral relations between Latvia and Uzbekistan and further political and economic cooperation. The parties commended the ongoing political dialogue and pledged commitment to continued exchange of high level visits, as well as organizing meetings of the inter-governmental commission.
The Political Director expressed satisfaction with successful cooperation in the education sector: more than 1000 students from Uzbekistan are studying in Latvian higher education institutions. He noted that the possibility for Latvian citizens to travel to Uzbekistan without a visa as from this February facilitated the development of cooperation in business and tourism.
Jānis Mažeiks welcomed reforms launched in Uzbekistan with the aim of modernisation and sustainable development of the country. He confirmed that Latvia was prepared to offer further support in their implementation both bilaterally and in cooperation between the European Union and Uzbekistan.
The Uzbek side updated the Latvian delegation on developments in the Central Asian regional cooperation. Jānis Mažeiks underlined that the positive tendencies in Central Asia create a positive background for expanding cooperation with the EU. He stressed that Uzbekistan has an important role to play in fostering stability in the Central Asian region. He welcomed the country’s efforts of involving Afghanistan in the regional trade and connectivity processes.
During the visit, meetings took place with Dr. Sardor U. Umurzakov, the Minister of Investment and Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, Ismatulla Irgashev, the Special Representative of the Uzbek President for Afghanistan, and the heads of representations of international organisations in Uzbekistan.
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