Uzbekistan, Egypt Declare New Phase in Relations
At the invitation of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil Al-Sisi arrived in our country on an official visit on September 4.
At the Islam Karimov Tashkent International Airport, the highranking guest was met by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
At the Kuksaroy residence, two Presidents held talks on September 5 in a contracted format.
The head of our state, having greeted his colleague, noted that this is a historic event in bilateral relations.
“We consider Egypt, itself one of the ancient centers of human civilization, a state with great potential today. Relations between our countries and peoples have existed since ancient times. Today a new stage begins in the promotion of practical work in the cooperation of Uzbekistan and Egypt. In preparation for this visit, huge unused opportunities have been identified. This is evidenced by the fact that at today’s business forum agreements on contracts worth $ 400 million have been reached. I am sure that the visit of the President of Egypt to Uzbekistan will yield great results in our partnership,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
The course of implementation of the agreements reached earlier and signed documents was considered. The Presidents noted the importance of further intensifying the cooperation in the political, trade-economic, investment, innovation and scientific-technical spheres, in the field of tourism and culture. The parties agreed to strengthen for this purpose the legal framework for bilateral relations, hold meetings at various levels and strengthen partnership ties.
The heads of state also exchanged views on topical issues in the international and regional agenda. Attention was paid to the consolidation of regional security, countering international terrorism and religious extremism. It was decided to establish exchange of experience, promote interagency relations and form a joint working group in this direction.
An agreement was reached to unite efforts towards the establishment of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan and conduct appropriate political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs.
At the talks of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Egypt in an enlarged format, the topics of the development of trade and investment cooperation, wide and effective utilization of the available opportunities took the central place.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the availability of great opportunities and reserves for the development of trade and economic relations and an increase in the volume of trade. He touched upon promising directions for expanding the exports of goods and services, creating favorable conditions for bilateral trade.
The readiness of Uzbekistan to export goods of electrical, machine-building, metallurgical, chemical and petrochemical, light, food, agricultural and other products in demand in the Egyptian market was noted.
The Egyptian side pointed to the availability of facilities for the supply of medicines, medical equipment, furniture, petrochemical products, marble, leather and plastic goods and services to Uzbekistan.
Egypt is a country with huge potential and experience in tourism. At present, this sector is developing rapidly in Uzbekistan. During the talks, issues of expanding ties in this sphere, increasing the flow of Egyptian tourists to Uzbekistan to visit ancient cities and shrines were discussed. The possibility of establishing flights between Tashkent, Cairo and Hurghada is considered.
During the talks, issues of cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, education, culture, sports and others were also discussed.
Following the negotiations in the residence of Kuksaroy, the Presidents adopted a Joint Statement. Twelve documents were signed between the governments and ministries of the two countries regarding cooperation in the areas of tourism, investment, taxes, justice, agriculture, cultural heritage and sports, foreign affairs and youth issues.