Uzbekistan, France Vow to Enhance Enduring Partnership
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron, paid an official visit to that country on October 8-9.
The official ceremony of welcoming the Uzbek leader took place in the heart of Paris. Guard honor was lined up in tribute to the distinguished guest. The military orchestra played out the national anthems of Uzbekistan and France. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, under the sounds of the band, walked past the guard of honor.
Then the head of our state departed for the residence of the President of the French Republic – the Elysee Palace.
During the talks, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Emmanuel Macron discussed issues related to the further consolidation of UzbekFrench relations, exchanged views on regional and international affairs of shared interest.
The leader of our country sincerely thanked the host for the warm welcome and hospitality extended to the Uzbek delegation, and stressed in particular the great importance Uzbekistan attaches to the development of cooperation with France as a reliable and long-term partner. Noting that the Fifth Republic is the first European country he visits with an official visit, Shavkat Mirziyoyev drew attention to the historical bonds of friendship, mutual respect and trust that have tied the two peoples since the reign of our great ancestor Sahibkiran Amir Temur and King Charles VI of France in early fifteenth century.
Emmanuel Macron: The wise policy and extensive reforms undertaken in Uzbekistan have facilitated boosting the people’s wellbeing and the country joining the ranks of leading nations as much as securing peace and sustainable development in Central Asia.
Uzbekistan’s important role in bolstering stability and security, promoting mutually advantageous cooperation and good neighborly relations in Central Asia in order to ensure the peaceful and sustainable development of the countries of the region found particular emphasis.
The heads of state noted the significance of building new forms of regional and international interaction, of jointly combating challenges and threats. The parties reiterated the need to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan as an important prerequisite for peace and tranquility in the region, stressing the absence of an alternative to a direct political dialogue without prior conditions among all parties involved in the conflict.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Emmanuel Macron underscored the intensification of the political dialogue in recent years and the need to afford it a regular character.
Regular contacts are made at the level of governments and ministries. Political consultations are held between foreign ministries. Inter-parliamentary ties are consistently developing.
The meeting participants discussed in detail the development of bilateral trade and economic, investment, energy, technological, cultural and humanitarian cooperation.
The two Presidents highly appreciated the activity of the Uzbek-French Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation. They emphasized the magnitude of increasing the volume of bilateral trade, realizing promising investment projects in various sectors of the economy.
In accordance with the Partnership and Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the European Union, the most favored nation regime has been established between the countries in mutual trade, the convention on the avoidance of double taxation of income and other documents have been signed.
At the same time, it was pointed out that the volume of bilateral trade does not match the existing opportunities and potential. In this regard, it was noted with satisfaction that following the results of the business forum organized by the relevant ministries and departments together with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the French Entrepreneur Movement “MEDEF”, agreements were reached on the implementation of promising projects based on advanced European practice, knowledge and technology. A 600-million euro cooperation program was signed with the French Development Agency for the implementation of infrastructure projects.
Promising schemes with such French companies as Airbus, Total, Vinci, Orano, Total Eren, Veolia, Fives Stein, Bouygues, Rungis and many others are scheduled for realization.
Cultural and humanitarian ties have been advancing consistently. In this regard, the meeting participants discussed specific areas of expansion of cooperation in the field of culture and arts, tourism, science and technology, education, healthcare, archeology and other areas.
The head of our state noted that France had become the first European country in respect of which a visa-free regime was introduced for tourists visiting Uzbekistan.
In our country, the French language is very popular. The Center of the French Language and Culture was recently established in Tashkent.
Agreements have been reached on opening branches of leading French universities in Uzbekistan, where Uzbek students could study in such areas as economics, engineering, agriculture, tourism.
The history and culture of Uzbekistan are of great interest in the world, including in French academic circles. During the visit, the author of the novel “Samarkand”, writer Amin Maaluf, the famous scholars Frederick-Baupertuis Bressan and Franz Grünne, who made a great contribution to the study of history, archeology and culture of Uzbekistan, were awarded the title of honorary citizens of Samarkand.
Given the colossal interest in the historical and cultural heritage of our country, the two sides reached agreement to hold an exhibition on Uzbekistan’s history in the Louvre in 2021.
It will be dedicated for the first time to one of the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States and will be the first exhibition to be held in the world famous museum.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit to France helped the two nations sign intergovernmental agreements on international passenger and freight transportation by road, on cooperation in the field of tourism, an accord of intent with the French Development Agency on the implementation of the Cooperation Program for 20182020.
Other documents penned included the Program of Cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs for 2019-2020, documents between the State Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan on Ecology and Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy of France on cooperation in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, the ministries of the interior, ministries of culture, between the Foundation for the Development of Culture and Art under the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Louvre Museum. In total, more than 10 intergovernmental and interagency documents were inked.
Following the talks, the two sides exchanged signed documents.
The results of the fruitful negotiations of the heads of state were a clear confirmation of the readiness of Uzbekistan and France to further enhance and consolidate the long-term mutually beneficial partnership, filling it with new practical substance.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the world-famous Louvre Museum, which houses the world’s largest art collection and the second largest square. Its exhibits are grouped into six collections. The Oriental Collection alone occupies 24 rooms. There are also thousands of works of art about the history of our country. In particular, the letter of Amir Temur to Charles VI, one of the candlesticks made for the mausoleum of Yassavi by order of Sahibkiran, inscriptions on tombstones and other antiquities.
Having examined these exhibits, the head of our state stressed that the samples of historical heritage stored in the museum are very dear to our people. In this regard, Shavkat Mirziyoyev proposed to organize joint exhibitions of museums of Uzbekistan and France, expand scientific cooperation among historians and archaeologists of the two countries.
The official visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to France ended on October 9.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with President of the Senate of the French Republic, Gerard Larcher.
The head of our state congratulated the President of the Senate on the 60th anniversary of the Constitution of the French Republic. Shavkat Mirziyoyev presented him in this connection with the first copy of the French Constitution in Uzbek and French.
The enlargement of interparliamentary interaction, especially along the lines of friendship groups of the legislatures of the two countries, was noted with deep satisfaction.
The Uzbek-French relations have been advancing dynamically in the sphere of inter-parliamentary relations. In 2008, the InterParliamentary Cooperation Group was established in the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, while the UzbekistanFrance friendship group has been operating in the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis since 2010. In 2008, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Authorized Commissioner of the Oliy Majlis for Human Rights (Ombudsman) and the Defender of Human Rights of France.
The parties discussed the development of inter-parliamentary relations in specific areas, including through events, reciprocal visits on a regular basis and the exchange of experience. This will contribute to the expansion of mutually advantageous cooperation between the two countries and peoples.
Gerard Larcher highly appreciated the largescale reforms and transformation taking place in Uzbekistan, including the cardinal modernization of the economy, elevation of population wellbeing and construction of robust civil society.
The French Senate President highlighted Uzbekistan’s constructive regional policy based on the principles of good neighborliness, mutually beneficial cooperation and consideration of each other’s interests. It was emphasized that the first official visit of the head of our state to France will make it possible to identify new areas of practical cooperation for the long term, including through the parliaments of the two countries.
Gerard Larcher expressed the readiness of the French Senate to further develop inter-parliamentary ties and give them a systemic nature in order to develop comprehensive and fruitful bonds of friendship and partnership with Uzbekistan.