- 2017 year - the Year of Dialogue with the People and Human Interests
- The Strategy of Actions on Further Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan
- Chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC
- Problems of water resources in the Central Asia
- Events at Uzbekistan's overseas missions
- Bilateral relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan with American countries
- On Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the countries of Europe
- Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with Near East, Middle East and African countries
Bilateral relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan with American countries
To date, the Republic of Uzbekistan has established diplomatic relations with 21 countries of North and South America, including the United States of America, the United Mexican States, Canada, the Federal Republic of Brazil, the Argentine Republic, the Republic of Chile, the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Jamaica, Oriental Republic of Uruguay, the Republic of Peru, the Republic of Costa Rica, the Republic of Paraguay, Republic of Cuba, Republic of Guatemala, the Republic of Nicaragua, the Republic of Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Republic of Ecuador, Republic of Colombia, Plurinational State of Bolivia and Republic of El Salvador.
Cooperation with the United States of America is one of the priorities of foreign policy of Uzbekistan, which is also reflected in "The Concept of Foreign Policy of the Republic of Uzbekistan". Current Uzbek-American relations have multifaceted, long-term and multidimensional nature. The sides have similar positions on a number of international and regional issues. A special attention is given to interactions in the political and economic spheres, human dimension, strengthening of peace and stability in Afghanistan as well as countering global challenges such as drug trafficking, WMD proliferation, terrorism and extremism.
Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on February 19, 1992. Over the years, a considerable potential and experience of constructive cooperation has been accumulated.
The fundamental document of the Uzbek-American relations, which has predetermined the establishment of qualitatively new and mutually beneficial relations in all directions, is the Declaration on the Strategic Partnership and Cooperation Framework between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States of America, dated March 2002.
Regular dialogue on the highest level has a special value in the development of bilateral relations. In February 2017, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and US President Donald Trump have exchanged congratulatory messages on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries. The heads of states reaffirmed commitment to the consistent deepening and dynamic development of bilateral relations in all areas of mutual interest.
It is worth highlighting the recent visits to Uzbekistan by the Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon (October 28-29, 2016), Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs William Todd (November 28-30, 2016) and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum (24-26 February 2017). The sides had exchange of views on further strengthening of Uzbek-American relations on the basis of the principles of mutual respect and trust, taking into account the interests of each other.
Systematic deepening of Uzbek-American cooperation is promoted by carrying out annual bilateral political consultations, the recent round of which was held in Washington D.C. in January 2016.
There is a significant pace of inter-parliamentary communications of two countries. The recent exchange of parliamentary delegations laid the strong foundation for cooperation in this sphere.
The cooperation in cultural and educational spheres is being developed on systematic basis. Signing of the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Government of the United States of America on Science and Technology Cooperation in December 2010 became the commemoration of the next stage of the partnership in the sphere of science and technology.
Currently there is noticeable intensification of Uzbek-American cooperation in cultural, humanitarian and educational spheres. The successful conduct of the following bilateral events in these spheres clearly demonstrate the stated:
- concert tour of the American jazz band "Alice Underground" along with conducting master classes in a number of universities in Uzbekistan and performance in Tashkent (December 9-16, 2016);
- "round table" on "Uzbekistan-US: 25 Years of Solid Cooperation", dedicated to the 25th anniversary of relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United States of America (January 7, 2017);
- participation of number of Uzbek artists in concerts in the USA, organized by the company "Miraf Entertainment LLC" (March 1-5, 2017).
Uzbekistan and the United States also carry out consistent cooperation in the implementation of educational and academic programs through:
- conducting mutual visits of representatives of specialized and humanities universities of both countries;
- assignment of English, management and business education specialists from the United States in the language teaching higher education institutions of Uzbekistan, as well as universities with the training of specialists in economic and business areas.
Within the framework of this cooperation, more than five specialists from the USA carry out teaching activities in higher educational institutions of Uzbekistan.
On November 8-10, 2016 State Department’s University Partnerships coordinator Richard Boyum visited Uzbekistan to arrange meetings and negotiations, as well as to discuss topical issues of cooperation in this field.
Uzbekistan and the United States are actively developing the trade-economic and investment cooperation which is a priority in the Uzbek-American relations.
At present, leading American companies such as Boeing, General Motors, General Electric, CNH Industrial, Hyatt, Hilton and many other others have successful businesses in Uzbekistan.
The partnership with General Motors, should be noted as amongst the positive examples of cooperation with major American business corporations. This company on a regular basis increases the release of car models. A key event in this direction was the launch of the plant General Motors Powertrain - Uzbekistan for the production of engines for passenger cars.
The Boeing company is a constant and a key supplier of modern aircraft for the national airline of Uzbekistan. In 2016, the air fleet of the National Air Company "Uzbekistan Airways" was replenished with two airliners of the new generation "Boeing-787-8 Dreamliner", which facilitate to further strengthen the authority of our country in the global air transportation system.
An important mechanism for supporting and promoting business contacts between countries is the The American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce (AUUC), which has held its regular meeting on February 1, 2017 in Tashkent. Visit of a large delegation of leading US companies and holding of a joint business forum is a confirmation of a growing mutual interest and endeavour to develop a beneficial trade-economic and investment cooperation between Uzbekistan and the US.
Only last year, the mutual trade turnover increased by 70 per cent and reached 454 million US dollars thanks to the development and implementation of joint projects with the mentioned companies.
Nowadays, 164 enterprises with American capital operate in Uzbekistan, the volume of US investments into the economy of Uzbekistan has exceeded 1 bln. US dollars.
The relations of the Republic of Uzbekistan with Canada are developing on a fruitful basis. Diplomatic relations were established on April 7, 1992. Today bilateral cooperation is carried by the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Canada with residece in Washington D.C., and a diplomatic mission of Canada to the Republic of Uzbekistan, resident in Moscow. There is also an Honorable Consulate of Canada in Tashkent since 1997.
The sides are looking forward to the intensification of mutually beneficial cooperation. More than 10 delegations exchanges were organized in 2014-2015. The key sphere for further strengthening of the Uzbek-Canadian interaction is inter-parliamentary dialogue.
Development of trade and economic relations between the two sides, including within the framework of Canadian Eurasia Russia Business Association (CERBA) is being promoted.
A special importance in the bilateral relations is attached to the regular political consultations between foreign policy departments of Uzbekistan and Canada, showing a mutual aspiration of the sides for the development and strengthening of cooperation.
In particular, the Canadian delegation became one of the most active among participants of the International investment forum held in Tashkent on November 5-6, 2015 that shows interest of Ottawa in strengthening of trade and economic cooperation with Tashkent.
On November 5-6, 2015, within the framework of the International Investment Forum in Tashkent paid visit (one of the biggest) Canadian trade delegation led by Ambassador to Uzbekistan J.Kur.
Moreover, on 13-15 March 2017 on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and to participate in the "UzMining Expo-2017" the big Canadian trade delegation that has ever come to Uzbekistan arrived in Tashkent among the representatives of more than ten companies, specializing in the mining industry.
Both sides expressed readiness to continue mutually beneficial cooperation in political, trade and economic and humanitarian spheres.
Bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and the countries of Latin America have recently demonstrated a marked intensification. A significant event in the relations of Uzbekistan with those countries took place in May 2009 with His Excellency Islam Karimov, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, paying the first official visit to the Federal Republic of Brazil. The negotiations as well as signing of bilateral documents during the visit suggest the strong intentions by the two countries to develop multi-faceted and mutually beneficial cooperation as well as their aspiration to raise bilateral relations up to the level of long-term partnership.
Regular contacts are being maintained on the level of diplomatic agencies. In particular, delegation of the MFA of Uzbekistan visited Brazil in December 2011. Meetings were conducted at the Ministry of External Relations of Brazil as well as the Brazilian Agency for Technical Cooperation where the issues of bilateral relations were discussed.
In June, 2012 the delegation of Uzbekistan visited Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to attend the UN conference on sustainable development.
On February 13, 2015 the new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Federative Republic of Brazil with residence in Moscow, Antonio Jose Walima Gerraro was accredited in Uzbekistan.
On September 17, 2013 Ambassador of Cuba to Uzbekistan resident in Moscow Mr. L.Garcia visited Uzbekistan and presented the letter of credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.
On August 6, 2013 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the letter of credentials from the Ambassador of Chile to Uzbekistan resident in Moscow, Mr. J.Eguiguren. On August 31, 2015 Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Chile with residence in Moscow, H.E. J.Eguiguren visited Uzbekistan.
On February 10, 2015 the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, A.Kamilov received the letter of credentials from the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Argentina to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Pablo Anselmo Tettamanti resident in Moscow.
During the Ambassador P.A.Tettamanti’s visit to Uzbekistan, on 1-6 of June 2016., were organized cultural events dedicated to the bicentennial of the independence of Argentina, such as:
- reception with the celebration of the "International Malbec Day";
- exhibition of photographs entitled "Outstanding people of the bicentennial";
- performance of the Argentine national dance - the tango.
In recent years it can be observed the decent strengthening of bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Mexico, Cuba, Colombia, Uruguay and others.
From December 3, 2014, diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of El Salvador are established. Joint Communiqué on this issue was signed in New York City by the permanent plenipotentiary representatives of Uzbekistan and El Salvador to the United Nations.