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.

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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.

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