Uzbek­istan, France Vow to En­hance En­dur­ing Part­ner­ship

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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.

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