NEWS AND EVENTS
February 18, 2012
MEETING AT THE OQSAROY
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Special Representative of the President of the French Republic, Minister of Transport Thierry Mariani at the Oqsaroy February 17.
Once the talks commenced, Minister Mariani handed President Nicolas Sarkozyís greeting letter to the head of our state on the occasion of twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations established between Uzbekistan and France.
President of Uzbekistan conveyed cordial gratitude for the congratulations and expressed warm wishes for the French leader. Islam Karimov noted that in Uzbekistan, France is considered a long-term and reliable partner, interaction with which traces deep into historical past, successfully developing in the current stage across diverse areas.
The regular interstate dialogue has facilitated closer relations between our two peoples, enhancement of multilayered ties in various spheres of shared interest.
Uzbekistan and France closely cooperate within the framework of the United Nations and other international institutions. The two countries entertain similar views and positions with regard to consolidating peace and stability, countering contemporary threats and challenges.
France is one of our nationís important trade-economic and investment partners in Europe. Uzbek-French trade in 2011 exceeded 350 million US dollars.
Successful examples of interaction have included, to name but a few, the cooperation with Airbus in procurement of ten A-320 airliners, with Technip in the construction of Bukhara Oil Refinery (jointly with Japanís Marubeni), with Oberture and Tales on air traffic control at Navoi Airport and biometric passport introduction in Uzbekistan, Serinnov in arranging for production of china, Comau France within a scheme to supply with equipment for auto engines.
Thierry Mariani thanked the President of Uzbekistan for the reception and confirmed the French leadershipís willingness to build up the bilateral comprehensive and mutually advantageous cooperation.
Regional and international issues have also been discussed during the meeting.
(Source: Press Service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan)