On August 25, a solemn ceremony of presentation of credentials by the newly appointed foreign ambassadors to our country took place.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received credentials from the Ambassadors of Romania Daniel Christian Ciobanu, the Republic of Poland Radoslaw Gruk, the Republic of Tajikistan Abdujabbor Rahmonzoda, the Swiss Confederation Konstantin Obolensky and the Federal Republic of Germany Tilo Klinner.
President has sincerely congratulated the ambassadors on the beginning of their diplomatic mission in an important historical period, when the country is continuing the implementation of the large-scale democratic transformations and socio-economic reforms to establish the New Uzbekistan.
Concerning the priorities of open and pragmatic foreign policy, the President highlighted the considerable attention being attached to the development of friendly relations and multifaceted cooperation with the foreign countries, primarily with neighboring states.
The successful holding of the next Consultative Meeting of the Heads of Central Asian States in early August this year in Turkmenistan was noted with satisfaction, which once again demonstrated the rich agenda of close regional cooperation.
The Leader of Uzbekistan paid a special attention to the development of the situation in Afghanistan. It was emphasized that the events taking place in this country today cause the concern of the entire world community.
It was stated that Uzbekistan promotes the important initiatives and makes the necessary efforts to facilitate an early settlement of the Afghan crisis.
Thus, the main goal of the High-Level International Conference «Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities», held in Tashkent on July 15-16 this year, was the creation of conditions for the implementation of large infrastructure projects, contributing to the establishment of lasting peace and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan.
President has outlined the prospects of mutually beneficial cooperation between our country and the states represented by the newly appointed ambassadors.
The broad opportunities for the development of bilateral practical cooperation with Romania was noted. First of all, this is an increase in the volume of mutual trade, cooperation in the textile, chemical and pharmaceutical industries, agriculture, transport and logistics.
In this regard, it was proposed to hold the first meeting of the joint Intergovernmental Commission, to intensify contacts and exchanges, including at the level of foreign affairs agencies.
A major emphasis is also placed on interaction with Romania within the framework of the international organizations and dialogue with the European Union.
Poland is a reliable traditional partner of Uzbekistan in Europe. The rapid development of the Uzbek-Polish multifaceted cooperation in recent years was noted with appreciation. In addition, the cooperation is enhancing within the framework of a multilateral dialogue with the EU and through the «Visegrad Group».
At the same time, both countries have great untapped potential in such areas as agriculture, mechanical engineering, small business and innovation, education and tourism.
President has stressed that the forthcoming contacts at the top-level will give an additional impetus to expanding the practical partnership.
Our President noted with satisfaction the notable progress in the development of Uzbek-Tajik relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and strategic partnership.
This is facilitated by the regular meetings and the political will of the leaders of the two fraternal countries.
The importance of full implementation of agreements and specific cooperation projects agreed upon following the historic visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Tajikistan in June this year was highlighted.
Moreover, our countries closely interact and support each other within the framework of international and regional structures.
With regard to the prospects for relations with Switzerland, the President of Uzbekistan noted the importance of further developing political dialogue and promoting joint economic projects.
The priority areas are the banking and financial sector, innovations and modern technologies, the food industry, pharmaceuticals, the expansion of the financial and technical assistance program to improve the situation in the Aral Sea region.
The importance of developing a new agenda for practical partnership within the framework of the activities of the joint Intergovernmental Commission was emphasized.
Uzbekistan is interested in developing full cooperation and strengthening strategic partnership with Germany.
President has noted, the regular contacts at the top-level indicate the beginning of a new stage in Uzbek-German relations.
Despite the consequences of the global economic crisis, the volume of mutual trade and the number of joint cooperation projects with the participation of the high-profile German companies are increasing.
In addition, the successful launch in our country the offices of the «KfW Bank», the Association of German Chambers of Industry and Commerce, and the Organization of Small and Medium Businesses was noted.
It was emphasized that the intensification of business contacts will make it possible to take full advantage of the huge potential of bilateral economic cooperation.
Concluding his speech, President has sincerely wished the heads of diplomatic missions great success in the implementation of their responsible and honorable mission to strengthen the ties of friendship and multifaceted cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan.
During the brief conversation, the diplomats expressed gratitude for the warm welcome and the conditions created for the productive activities in our country. The Ambassadors stated that they will make every effort to fully develop the partnership relations between our countries.