SHAVKAT MIRZIYOYEV’S QINGDAO AGENDA PROVES ACTION-PACKED
Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev was in the Chinese city of Qingdao last week (June 8-10) to attend the 18th session of the Council of the Heads of State (the supreme decision-making body) of Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
On the sidelines of the summit meeting, the Uzbek leader held bilateral talks with his colleagues from the SCO member nations on June 9, and also attended a number of multilateral meetings ahead of the formal event, to discuss pressing issues in regional and international affairs.
In a residence designated for him in Qingdao, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations Amina Mohammed.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that over the past two years, cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UN has seen new dynamism and been filled with practical substance. High-ranking delegations of the United Nations have frequented Uzbekistan with productive. Under steadfast execution is, for instance, the plan of practical measures for furthering the interaction with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.
Amina J. Mohammed recalled with delight the Uzbek President’s participation in the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly last September. The Nigerian former Cabinet member voiced her high appreciation of Uzbekistan’s solid efforts to enhance and bolster regional cooperation and help restore Afghanistan. Ms Mohammed stressed that the international conference “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity” held in Tashkent this March drew the attention of the entire international community to this pressing issue.
The Uzbek leader and the Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations extensively exchanged views on the course of implementation of the agreements reached earlier. They deliberated on important dimensions of cooperation in the future.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping.
The leader of the host nation, welcoming the head of Uzbek state, said that Beijing attaches great importance to the advancement of comprehensive strategic partnership and multi-format cooperation with Tashkent.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated Xi Jinping on the successful presidency in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the high-level organization of the Qingdao Summit.
The Sino-Uzbek relations have been elevated to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership. Mutually advantageous interaction has been consistent across important areas. In 2017, the trade turnover between our two countries amounted to $ 5 billion.
There are more than 700 enterprises in Uzbekistan with the participation of Chinese capital, and a number of companies from the PRC have representative offices functioning in Uzbekistan. Numerous joint projects are in progress in such sectors as manufacturing industry, high technologies, oil and gas, chemicals, transport and logistics, textiles, and agriculture.
The bilateral meeting of the Uzbek and Chinese leaders allowed them to review the current state of cooperation between our two nations. Issues discussed included the further expansion of interaction in the economy, trade, investment, transport communications, high technologies and other spheres. The heads of state highlighted the importance of developing ties among the regions of the two countries.
Also, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Xi Jinping addressed cooperation issues within the framework of the UN, the SCO and other organizations, topical matters in the regional and international agenda.
The two sides reaffirmed their readiness to further the full-scale strategic partnership and mutually beneficial cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the People’s Republic of China for the good of our countries and peoples.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin to discuss the prospects of bilateral cooperation.
The head of our state, congratulating Vladimir Putin once again on his reelection as Russian President, noted that the relations of strategic partnership and alliance with Russia are designated as unalterable component of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy.
Quite telling of the current intensity and scope in bilateral relations is the fact that 70 mutual visits have been made over the past year, 21 interregional meetings have been held. Within the past period of this year, the volume of trade between our two countries grew by more than 40%. There are still a lot of major projects ahead, Shavkat Mirziyoyev suggested.
The President of Russia, expressing pleasure to meet with his Uzbek colleague, underscored that a plenty of promising projects are under implementation between the two nations.
“After Your visit to Russia last year, much has changed for the better. As a result of the creation of a ‘green corridor’ on Your initiative, the volume of fruit and vegetable deliveries from Uzbekistan grew by almost 36%. Large investment projects are being realized with the participation of leading Russian companies,” Vladimir Putin said.
It was noted that Lukoil has invested more than $ 7 billion in Uzbekistan. This April, the Kandym Gas Processing Complex was put into operation, and agreements were reached with the Rosatom State Atomic Energy Corporation on the further development of partnership and scientific and technical cooperation in the energy sector.
A highest-level visit to Uzbekistan is expected this autumn. It is also planned to hold the first inter-regional forum of Uzbekistan and Russia in Tashkent.
During the meeting, the parties agreed to fill these important events with practical substance, actively continue contacts among ministries, companies and provinces.
The heads of state swapped views on international and regional issues of shared interest.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev held talks with President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Muhammad Ashraf Ghani.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the people of Uzbekistan are interested in a stable peace in the brotherly Afghanistan.
The Uzbek leader said that we are pleased that following the international conference held this year in Tashkent, the international community began active efforts toward ensuring peace in Afghanistan. Everyone understands that the only way to achieve this is dialogue. Our meeting is a good opportunity to exchange views on this topic, discuss matters important for our countries, the head of our state said.
Ashraf Ghani noted with satisfaction the intensifying political dialogue between our countries of late.
The President of Afghanistan said he would like to stress the rapid pace of implementation of the agreements reached during his visit to Uzbekistan. “I express my deep gratitude on behalf of our people and government for Your organization of a major event on Afghanistan in Your country. Your personal attention to this issue has created the conditions for the development of political decisions.”
Uzbekistan implements important economic and infrastructure projects in Afghanistan. Electricity has been supplied to this country since 2002, whose volumes are expected to increase as a result of the construction of a new power transmission line Surkhan-Puli-Khumri.
Among the promising ones is the project of extending the Hairaton-Mazar-e-Sharif railway to Herat. This will be an important contribution to the reconstruction of the Afghan economy, boost the transit potential of the country, and create new jobs.
Humanitarian ties also added in energy and dynamism. This January, the Educational Center for the Training of Afghan Citizens began its work in Termez. Currently, about 100 young men and girls from the neighboring nation are educated at the venue.
During the meeting, the two sides discussed topical issues of further development of political, trade and economic, transport and communications, cultural and humanitarian ties between our countries, bolstering regional security.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s next meeting took place with Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi.
The head of our state congratulated the government and people of India on the country’s accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and participation in the SCO summit as a full-fledged member.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the meeting provided with a good opportunity to discuss the implementation of the agreements reached earlier and outline the prospects for cooperation.
Narendra Modi expressed sincere gratitude for Uzbekistan’s support in promoting India into the SCO. He stressed that this would open up new opportunities for development of cooperation with Uzbekistan bоth at the bilateral and regional levels.
During the talks, the parties addressed issues of further expansion of the Uzbek-Indian mutually advantageous partnership in trade and economic, financial, investment, innovation and humanitarian spheres. Uzbekistan’s President and India’s Prime Minister also considered the prospects of realization of promising projects on information technologies, healthcare, pharmaceutics, tourism and other directions.
The sides exchanged views on pressing issues in international politics and regional cooperation.
They underscored the readiness of the two states to further enhance and cement full-scale and mutually beneficial interaction.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met in Qingdao with President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Mamnun Hussein.
The Uzbek leader congratulated his colleague on Pakistan’s joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and noted that this would serve to further strengthen relations between our two countries.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Mamnun Hussein deliberated on issues pertaining to the development of cooperation in the spheres of trade, economy, agriculture, textile industry and other matters of shared interest.