On November 22, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of France Emmanuel Macron held the talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris.
The Presidents discussed in detail the issues of further building up the Uzbek - French mutually beneficial cooperation and agreed to bring the relations to a comprehensive high-level partnership.
The leaders noted with satisfaction the dynamic development of bilateral ties, deepening a broad political dialogue, the provision of mutual support as a part of the international organizations, the promotion of inter-parliamentary dialogue in the year of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and France.
The number of joint ventures and projects involving French companies has tripled in recent years. The current portfolio of active joint projects in Uzbekistan has exceeded 5 billion euros.
The mutually beneficial activities of such world-class companies as Total Eren, Veolia, EDF, Orano, Lactalis, Carrefour and Shiever in energy, geological exploration, food industry, retail were noted.
Cooperation with the French Development Agency, which participates in the projects in the field of urban infrastructure development, green economy, sanitation, hydropower, agriculture and others, has gained a new quality.
The results of Uzbek - French business events held on the eve of the visit, during which trade and economic agreements as well as contracts worth over 6 billion euros were signed, were highly appreciated.
The sides expressed interest in further strengthening bilateral cooperation in the field of security, effective counteraction to emerging challenges and threats.
The leaders noted with satisfaction the opening of exhibitions in Paris with exhibits of the cultural and historical heritage of Uzbekistan «Treasures of the oases of Uzbekistan. At the crossroads of caravan routes» in the Louvre Museum and «On the Roads to Samarkand: Wonders of Silk and Gold» at the Institute of the Arab World in Paris.
The importance of the development of cultural and humanitarian ties was emphasized. The parties supported establishing the branches of the French Alliance in Samarkand, and also welcomed holding the second Uzbek - French educational forum on November 27 - 28 this year in Paris. An agreement was reached on the development of cooperation in the field of training teachers of the French language.
The Presidents also exchanged views on topical international and regional issues.
The meeting was held in an open, warm and friendly atmosphere. At the end of the meeting, Shavkat Mirziyoyev invited Emmanuel Macron to visit our country at any time convenient for him.