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Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with Near East, Middle East and African countries

UZBEKISTAN – BANGLADESH RELATIONS

Bangladesh recognized the independence of Uzbekistan on December 30, 1991. The diplomatic relations were established on October 15, 1992.

The opening of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh in Uzbekistan took place in March 1996.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Mr. A.Kamilov paid the first official visit to Bangladesh in February 1998. The visit of Bangladeshi former Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Abdus Samad Azad to Uzbekistan took place in July 2000. On April 8-12, 2018 the State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Shahriar Alam visited Uzbekistan.

In 2018 trade between Uzbekistan and Bangladesh totaled $53.0 million.

There are 6 companies with the Bangladeshi capital, including one enterprise with 100 percent Bangladeshi capital in Uzbekistan.

On May 5-7, 2012, Tashkent hosted the 1st session of the Uzbek-Bangladesh Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation.

On April 24-25, 2014, the delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the E.Ganiev, Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade visited Dhaka. The second meeting of the Uzbek-Bangladesh Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation was held in the frame of the visit.

On January 23-28, 2018, the delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the M.Mirzayev, First Deputy Minister of Economy visited Bangladesh. Best practices of Bangladesh in the development of the textile industry were studied in the frame of the visit.

UZBEK-EGYPT RELATIONS

The Arabic Republic of Egypt recognized Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 26, 1991.

On January, 2017 Uzbekistan and Egypt celebrated 25th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic relations between two countries (January 23, 1992).

On May, 1993 the Embassy of the Arabic Republic of Egypt had been opened in Tashkent. The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Cairo has been operating since December 1994.

The official visit of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Egypt on December 1992 and April 2007, gave a significant impetus for the development of Uzbek-Egypt relations.

On September 4-5, 2018, took place the official visit of the President of Egypt A. Al-Sisi to the Republic of Uzbekistan. During the visit were discussed perspective directions for the development of Uzbek-Egyptian cooperation and also signed 12 cooperation documents in various fields.

Uzbekistan interacts with Egypt in the framework of international and regional structures, such as the UN, OIC and etc.

The contractual and legal framework of Uzbekistan and Egypt include 62 interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents.

So far, 6 meetings of Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Trade-Economic and Scientific-Technical Cooperation of Uzbekistan and have been held.

Uzbekistan actively cooperates with the Agency of partnership for development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Egypt. Since 1993, more than 1100 representatives of Uzbekistan have been trained at Agency courses for diplomats, tourism workers, teachers of the Arabic language, etc.

In 1997 the “Uzbekistan-Egypt” and in May 2000 "Egypt-Uzbekistan" Friendship Societies was established which both of contribute to the development of bilateral cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian sphere.

On October 10-13, 2018, head of the Al-Azhar religious complex, the Supreme Imam of Egypt sheikh Ahmad al-Tayyib visited to Uzbekistan.

UZBEK-IRANIAN RELATIONS

Islamic Republic of Iran recognized the independence of Uzbekistan in 25 December 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on May 10, 1992.

Diplomatic mission of Iran started its activity in Tashkent in November 1992, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Tehran opened in May 1995.

Over the past period, visits of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Iran were held four times (1992, 2003 - official, 1996, 2003 - within the framework of participation in the ECO summit).

In turn, the presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran A. Rafsanjani on October 1993 and S. Khotami on April 2002 had made an official visits to Uzbekistan.

On September 2017, in Astana, the President of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyoyev within the framework of the the First Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on science and technology met with the President of Iran H. Ruhani.

Uzbek-Iranian political consultations hold regularly on the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs. On March 13, 2017 in Tashkent the delegation of Iran led by the Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Ibrahim Rahimpur took part in the 5th round of consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The treaty and legal basis of bilateral relations consists of 55 intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements in the political, trade, economic and cultural spheres.

The dynamics of Uzbek- Iranian relations give evidence of the stable nature of bilateral cooperation. Both countries possess significant political and economic potential, wide transport and communications and transit opportunities.

Economic aspect

In April of 2018 in Tehran there was held the 12 session of the Uzbek-Iranian intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

According to the results of 2018 trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $306,5 million, $172,5 million of which accounted for export of Uzbekistan and $133,9 million for import.

The main export products of Uzbekistan to the Islamic Republic of Iran are cotton, cotton-fiber, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, mineral fertilizer, chemical fiber, and import consists of building materials, electromechanical equipment, fruits, dried fruits, plastic products.

Today there are 120 joint ventures with Iranian investors’ participation operating in Uzbekistan, 15 of them with 100% Iranian capital.

In 25th of April 2011 in Ashgabad on quadripartite meeting of the Foreign Ministers there was signed an agreement on establishing a transport rail corridor Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Iran - Oman.

UZBEKISTAN-ISRAEL RELATIONS

The State of Israel recognized Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 25, 1991. The diplomatic relations between two states were established on February 21, 1992.

The First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.Karimov visited the State of Israel by state visit on September 14-16, 1998.

On July 1994 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Israel Mr. Sh.Peres paid an official visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan and in April 1997 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. A.Kamilov visited the State of Israel.

Regular political consultations are held between the two countries' foreign ministries. Until now have been held 4 rounds of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries. The last fourth round of political consultations was held on March 30, 2016 in Tashkent.

The legal and treaty basis of the Uzbek-Israel relations consists of 19 documents (14 interstate and intergovernmental, 5 interagency documents).

Between the two countries the most-favored regime in mutual trade is established. The total volume of bilateral trade for January-November 2018 amounted to $ 51.4 million (exports - $ 16.1 million, imports - $ 35.2 million).

Today, in Uzbekistan there are 37 enterprises with the participation of Israel capital, incl. 7 with 100% foreign capital, in the spheres of tourism, wholesale trade, food production, advisory services on financial and management issues.

After implementation from February 2018 visa-free regime (30 days) for the citizens of Israel, the tourist to Uzbekistan has doubled. In 2018 Uzbekistan visited 10 thousand Israeli tourists.

UZBEK-SAUDI RELATIONS

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia recognized the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan in December 1991. Diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia established in February 1992.

The First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has visited the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in April 1992.

In November 1992 in Jeddah was opened the General Consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In 1995 the Embassy of Uzbekistan opened in Riyadh. In 1997 the Embassy of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has opened in Tashkent.

In April 2012 the Saudi delegation headed by Chairman of the Advisory Council (parliament) Abdullah Al ash-Sheikh visited Uzbekistan.

On May 21, 2017 President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev by the invitation of the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, visited Saudi Arabia to participate in the Summit of Arab-Muslim countries and the United States. Within the framework of the Summit, the President of Uzbekistan met with leaders of several states, including Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

On March 27, 2018, the Saudi Arabian delegation headed by Deputy Foreign Minister A.Miradh participated in the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan – "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity".

In December 3, 2018 in Riyadh was held the 3rd round of political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

In June 2011 in Tashkent was held the 3rd meeting of Uzbek-Saudi governmental commission, during which organized business forum and signed appropriate protocol and agreement on reciprocal promotion of investments.

In December 11-16, 2018 the Saudi delegation led by the Chairman of the Council of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of KSA Sami al-Ubaidi visited to Uzbekistan.

On January 20-26, 2019 the delegation of Uzbekistan led by the Chairman of the Committee on Religious Affairs at the Cabinet of Ministers J.Akramov paid visit to KSA. During the visit was organized meeting with the Minister for Hajj and Umrah Affairs of the KSA Salih Binteyn.

UZBEK-KUWAITI RELATIONS

The State of Kuwait recognized the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 30, 1991. Diplomatic relations between countries were established in July 1994.

In 2001 the Embassy of the State of Kuwait had been opened in Tashkent. The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the State of Kuwait has been operating since November 2004.

The official visit of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to the State of Kuwait on January 19-20, 2004, gave a significant impetus to the development of relations between two countries. During this visit a legal framework for further strengthening of bilateral relations was created.

In July, 2008, Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah paid an official visit to Uzbekistan, during which the two sides signed a number of documents on strengthening the Uzbek-Kuwaiti relations and intensification of trade, economic and investment cooperation.

In June 2017 in the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, an interparliamentary group for cooperation with the National Assembly of the SC "Uzbekistan-Kuwait" was established.

In December 4, 2018 in Kuwait city was held the 2nd round of political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the State of Kuwait.

In September 6-10, 2018 Kuwaiti delegation led by the Deputy Secretary General of the National Council of Culture, Art and Literature took part in the International Forum of Maqom Art, which was held in Shahrisabz.

In October 25-26, 2018 in Kuwait city was organized a concert of the youth symphonic orchestra of Uzbekistan and the exhibition of national applied art products.

UZBEKISTAN-UNITED ARAB EMIRATES RELATIONS

The diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates established in October 1992.

In 1992 the General Consulate of the Republic of Uzbekistan began its activity in Dubai. In 2007 the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in UAE was opened in Abu Dhabi.

In June 2004 the government of UAE has decided to open a General Consulate in Uzbekistan. In June 2010 the General Consulate of the UAE in Tashkent was converted to the Embassy.

In March 2008 the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov visited UAE, during which 28 governmental and departmental documents were signed.

The legal basis of bilateral relations is made up of 20 interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents the sphere of extradition, assistance in criminal cases, air connection, trade and economic cooperation, avoidance of double taxation on income, science and technology etc.

On December 5, 2018 in Abu-Dhabi was held the 1st round of political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the United Arab Emirates.

The volume of trade turnover between Uzbekistan and the UAE in January-November 2018 amounted to $123.8 million (exports - $ 52.2 million, imports - $ 71.6 million).

Uzbekistan’s main exports consist of raw cotton fiber, silk, agricultural products and services; import from the UAE consists of mechanical and electrical equipment, foodstuffs, furniture, vehicles, clothing and sport equipments.

At the present time 92 companies, created with the capital of UAE are carrying out there activity in Uzbekistan, 36 of them are wholly owned companies with UAE capital.

In January and October 2018 the delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister S.Kholmuradov visited the United Arab Emirates. During the Uzbek-Emirates negotiations both sides have achieved agreements on perspective fields of trade and economic cooperation.

In October 3, 2018 The Uzbek-Emirates Business Forum and Cooperation Exchange took place in Tashkent during the visit of business circles led by the Vice Chairman of the UAE Chamber of Commerce Ibrahim Al-Mahmoud.

UZBEK-OMAN RELATIONS

The Sultanate of Oman has recognized the state independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan in December 1991. Diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Oman established in April 1992.

The First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov has visited the Sultanate of Oman in October 2009, during which signed 19 bilateral documents.

In April 2010 the Embassy of the Sultanate of Oman opened in Tashkent. In July 2018 the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan has opened in Muscat.

On March 15, 2018 The Prime Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.A. Aripov and the Minister of Heritage and Culture of Oman Haisam bin Tariq al-Saeed took part in the opening ceremony of the new building of the Abu Rayhan Beruni Institute of Oriental Studies, built with the financial assistance of the Omani side.

UZBEKISTAN-PAKISTAN RELATIONS

The Islamic Republic of Pakistan recognized the independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on December 20, 1991. The diplomatic relations between the countries established on 10th May 1992. The Embassy of Pakistan in Tashkent was opened in June 1992. The Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Islamabad began to function in July 1994.

Since March 1992 till October 2001 the Consulate-Generale of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Karachi functioned.

Political relationship

The first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov visited Pakistan twice (August 1992, April 2006).

The Pakistani side was visited by the Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (June 1992), Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto (May and November 1995), President Farooq Leghari (October 1996), President Pervez Musharraf (March 2005), Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz (March 2007), Prime Minister Yusaf Gilani (March 2011), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif (November 2015).

In June 2010 the President of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari visited Uzbekistan to attend the SCO summit in Tashkent. In June 2016 President of Pakistan Mamnun Hussein visited Tashkent to attend the 15th SCO Summit.

On June 8, 2017 within the framework of the SCO summit in Astana the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif.

During the OIC Science and Technology Summit in Astana on September 17, 2017. President of the Republic of Shavkat Mirziyoyev met the President of Pakistan Mamnun Hussein. In the sidelines of the SCO summit in Qingdao in June 2018 President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met the President of Pakistan Mamnun Hussein.

A Pakistani delegation led by Foreign Minister of Pakistan Khawaja Asif took part in the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan on March 26-27, 2018. The Foreign Minister was received by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

The legal basis of bilateral relations is made up of 42 documents of an intergovernmental, intergovernmental and interdepartmental nature on cooperation in the field of extradition, assistance in criminal matters, combating terrorism, air traffic, transit cargo transportation, trade and economic cooperation, supporting small and private entrepreneurship, avoiding double taxation of income, the fight against illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances, science and technology, etc.

Trade and economic cooperation

A Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific and Technical Cooperation operates between Uzbekistan and Pakistan. The last 5th meeting of the commission was held on March 17, 2011 in Islamabad. From the Uzbek side the delegation was headed by the Minister of Agriculture and Water Management Zafar Ruziev, from the Pakistani side - the Minister of Water Resources and Energy Navid Qamar.

In accordance with the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation the parties have established the most favored nation treatment.

January-November 2018 mutual trade indicator between Uzbekistan and Pakistan amounted to $92.4 million, exports - 28.7 million, imports 63.7 million.

From April 5, 2017, the flight “Tashkent-Lahore-Tashkent” was resumed with the frequency of flights 2 times a week.

As of October 1, 2018, in Uzbekistan operates 81 enterprises with the participation of Pakistani investments, including 4 with 100% Pakistani capital, of which - 23 joint ventures were established in 2018. The main activities: trade, production of textiles, paper, leather goods, food products, the provision of transport and tourism services.

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