The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Amir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani, who is paying a state visit to our country, held the negotiations at the Congress Center in Samarkand.
A particular attention was paid to the issues of further developing a political dialogue and cultural and humanitarian exchanges, building up trade-economic and investment cooperation.
At the outset, the Amir of Qatar expressed sincere gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the invitation and the warm and hospitable welcome extended to the Qatari delegation.
It was stressed that the first high-level visit in the history of diplomatic relations will open a new stage in bilateral cooperation and bring it to the level of a comprehensive partnership.
“We consider Qatar as our promising partner not only in the Middle East Region, but also in the entire Arab-Muslim world. Due to our contacts with you in recent years, there has been a real breakthrough in bilateral relations," Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
It was noted that the opening of the Qatar Embassy in Tashkent this year has played an important role in the active promotion of bilateral cooperation.
The Qatari side expressed confidence that the opening of the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Doha will give a powerful impetus to this process.
The sides confirmed willingness for a manifold increase in bilateral trade, practical implementation of joint investment projects and trade contracts.
An agreement on participation of leading Qatari companies in the implementation of major investment projects in energy, gas and chemical industry, agriculture, infrastructure, logistics, tourism and other sectors worth over $12 billion was reached.
Uzbek-Qatari investment forum is suggested to be held in September this year to promote perspective projects, as well as to consider the establishment of financial mechanisms for joint projects.
The Leaders underscored the importance of forming the shortest, reliable, safe transport and logistics corridors linking Central Asia with the Gulf countries.
A willingness to fully support the efforts for intensifying cultural, educational and tourist exchanges, by holding joint cultural weeks, concerts, exhibitions, crafts and culinary exhibitions, was expressed. It was noted that the planned launch of regular flights between the capitals of the two countries will contribute to the growth of business contacts and increase the mutual tourist flow.
Besides, an exchange of views on the current issues of global and regional agenda took place. The two sides advocated building a pragmatic policy on Afghanistan. The importance of supporting the Afghan economy and providing humanitarian assistance to the Afghan people was stressed.
In this regard, the prospects for jointly advancing the implementation of strategic project to create the Trans-Afghan railroad corridor were discussed.
Following the talks, Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani invited Uzbek President to pay a visit to Qatar.
The talks were held in a constructive, open and trusting atmosphere.