New Delhi, 23 January 2019
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his visit to Germany held progressive talks with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other leaders. Germany with its huge economic potential could be one of the strategic partners in technology and investment for Uzbekistan. One must consider that Uzbekistan has introduced a visa-free regime for German citizens arriving for up to 30 days.
President Mirziyoyev met the Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on 21 January where she hosted a warm welcome for the Uzbekistan delegation and believes Uzbekistan as a reliable and time-tested partner to Germany. They both discussed issues of international & regional importance and to extend cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats considering the framework of international organizations. Merkel drew the attention at a radical modernization of the national economy and further democratization of society. She appreciated the new regional policy of Uzbekistan on creating in Central Asia the atmosphere of friendship and mutual trust, peaceful resolution of perennial disputes and integration of the region into the global economy.
The two highly agreed on issues of development of trade-economic from 700 million euros to 1 billion euros, investment and technological cooperation and protection of human rights and environment. Append to this, Germany is assisting in overcoming negative consequences of the Aral Sea disaster, calling for active participation of Berlin in activities of multi-partner Trust Fund for the Aral Sea region. Discussion on security cooperation which brought the issue of Afghan problem was considered at the meeting.
President Mirziyoyev pointed on the implementation of new multi-billion-dollar projects in partnership with Germany’s world-class companies: leading in chemical, construction, energy, metallurgical and food industries.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev also met with the Minister President of Bavaria Mr Markus Söder on the second day of his German visit, in Munich, where they discussed on the development of bilateral cooperation, including in trade-economic sphere.
It was emphasized that relations between Bavaria and Uzbekistan have a long history, considering the Schilterberg’s notes on being at the reception of Amir Temur. Both showed good interest in deepening the trade-economic and investment partnership and extending advanced German technologies in various sectors of the economy of Uzbekistan.
President Mirziyoyev also met Mr Wolfgang Schäuble, President of Bundestag, a unicameral parliament of Germany which is responsible for adopting laws, elect the Federal Chancellor and control activities of the government.
Mr Schäuble mentioned about maintaining a stable democratic state and a strong civil society. The two had a discussion about ensuring the rule of law, implementation of parliamentary control, improving the efficiency of social and economic transformations.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev believes that his visit to Germany will bring productive cooperation, meeting the Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel and Bundestag President Wolfgang Schäuble, achievement of full understanding and support for joint projects. They signed Nine intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents in economy, trade, finance, education, science and innovation sectors
Cooperation with Germany has multifaceted nature and cover a wide range of areas. In particular, a significant legal framework has been formed between the two countries. It is also important to note that negotiations have provided new areas of cooperation at all levels, including between the parliaments of the two countries.
News Desk, Diplomacy Today