September 23, 2010
President of Uzbekistan holds talks in New York
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, who participated in the high-level plenary session of the United Nations General Assembly on Millennium Development Goals in New York, met the Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany Angela Merkel on 21 September.

The head of the state said that Germany was one of the reliable partners of Uzbekistan in Europe and that the relations between the two countries were developing consistently in all spheres.

Germany and Uzbekistan have established strong political, economic and cultural ties. Many bilateral visits at various levels serve for further development of mutual relations between the two states. Germany fully supports efforts of Uzbekistan to democratize various spheres of life in the country.

Uzbekistan and Germany closely cooperate in strengthening regional security and stability. The development of relations between the two countries is contributes to expanding mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and the European Union.

During the conversation, Angela Merkel and Islam Karimov exchanged views on further expansion of cooperation between Germany and Uzbekistan and other issues of mutual interest.

On the same day, President of Uzbekistan met the Prime Minister of Belgium Yves Leterme at the UN Headquarters.

Belgium is one of the reliable partners of Uzbekistan in Western Europe, Islam Karimov pointed out. The relations between the two countries are gradually developing in political, trade-economic and humanitarian spheres.

Uzbekistan and Belgium have active relations between the parliaments, foreign and defense ministries and security bodies, as well as institutions of higher education.

Representatives of Belgian parliament, members of “Uzbekistan-Belgium” inter-parliamentary cooperation group regularly attend international forums in Uzbekistan. The foreign ministries of the two countries hold consultations to discuss critical issues of bilateral relations. Uzbekistan and Belgium also actively interact in the promotion of regional cooperation.

In the economic sphere, Uzbekistan and Belgium enjoy the most favorable conditions regime. Uzbekistan exports to Belgium cotton, textiles, products of inorganic chemistry and other goods. Belgium supplies Uzbekistan with mechanical equipment, pharmaceuticals, plastics, rubber and other items.

In 1999, the Walloon Agency for Export and Foreign Investment (AWEX) opened its representative office in Tashkent. Commerce and Industry Chamber of Uzbekistan and Chamber of Commerce of West Flanders of Belgium had signed a memorandum of cooperation. In the recent years, a series of business forums and meetings devoted to enhancing bilateral cooperation were held in Tashkent and Brussels.

In the framework of cultural cooperation, exhibitions on the 2750th anniversary of Samarkand and the 2000th anniversary of Marhilan were organized in Belgium. In 1999, Uzbekistan and Belgium friendship society was created. In 2004, the Belgian-Uzbek cultural center Dostlik was opened.

At the meeting, Yves Leterme said Belgium valued cooperation with Uzbekistan. He emphasized that the favorable investment environment in Uzbekistan served to increasing the interest of Belgian entrepreneurs in Uzbek businesses.

During the meeting, the sides discussed Uzbek-Belgian relations and other issues of mutual interest.

President of Uzbekistan also met President of Hungary Pal Schmitt at the UN Headquarters.

Uzbekistan and Hungary are linked with ties of mutual trust and commitment, as well as spiritual closeness of the peoples, Islam Karimov said.

The two countries have been developing relations in the political sphere. Uzbekistan and Hungary have similar or close views and approaches to mutual cooperation, and issues of regional and international importance.

Uzbekistan and Hungary are reliable business partners. The two countries have signed important documents on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation, mutual protection and promotion of investments, avoidance of double taxation and others.

Eximbank of Hungary has decided to allocate a credit to Uzbekistan worth USD 50 million. These funds will be used to finance projects of providing clinics with medical equipment, introduction of energy-saving technologies in urban infrastructure, reconstruction of treatment facilities at oil refineries and other fields.

In the humanitarian sphere, Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Health of Uzbekistan cooperate with a number of Hungarian organizations in the fields of materials science, microelectronics, instrumentation and pharmacology.

At the meeting, Pal Schmitt said that Hungary was interested in developing relations with Uzbekistan in all spheres. The sides discussed prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Hungary and other issues of mutual interest.

President Islam Karimov also received senior vice president of the corporation Boeing Marty Bentrott.

The head of the state said that Boeing has become one of the reliable partners of Uzbekistan in the sphere of aviation and aircraft building. The relations with the corporation go beyond delivery of planes and cover areas like improving flight safety and passenger service, aircraft maintenance and repairs, as well as training specialists.

The Uzbekistan Airways company has been cooperating with Boeing since 1995. To date, the national airline has purchased 11 Boeing aircraft. Uzbekistan Airways Technics enterprise conducts maintenance of not only domestic, but also foreign aircrafts.

In accordance with the agreement between Uzbekistan Airways and Boeing Corporation, the latter will deliver to Uzbekistan four Boeing-767-300ER planes in 2011-2013. In 2016, the fleet of the national air carrier will receive two Boeing-787-8 liners.

During the meeting, Marty Bentrott noted that Boeing was interested in progressive development of cooperation with Uzbekistan Airways.

The sides exchanged views on matters relating to further expansion of cooperation in the field of aviation and aircraft maintenance.



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