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Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Appeal to Minister Visa of the Republic of Uzbekistan Consular Missions of Uzbekistan overseas

Topical issues

On Cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the countries of Europe

Uzbekistan, from the first years of independence proclaimed the cooperation with Europe as one of the priorities of its foreign policy. The relations of Uzbekistan with the European states develop on a bilateral level as well as in framework of Partnership Cooperation Agreement between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the European Communities and their Member States which entered into force on 1 July 1999.

The foundation of Uzbek-British relations was laid during the visit of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Great Britain in November 1993.

Currently there is a positive dynamics of bilateral cooperation in various fields. Delegations of different levels regularly visit the two countries. For over the recent years, over 40 British delegations visited Uzbekistan. The sides maintain a dialogue on Afghanistan.

Visit of the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov to Great Britain on November 19-22, 2013 marked an important step in enhancing relations of two countries.

An inter-parliamentary cooperation is one of the prospective spheres of bilateral ties. Groups for cooperation have been established in the parliaments of two countries with MoU between the Group of the Oliy Majlis and “Britain-Uzbekistan” All-Party Parliamentary Group dated September 22, 2010 creating a legal framework for their activity.

An Uzbek-British Trade and Industry Council (UBTIC) has been an effective mechanism of trade-economic relations. On November 16-18, 2016 Tashkent hosted the 23rd session of UBTIC.

In 2016, trade between Uzbekistan and Great Britain totaled USD 151.3 million of which USD 40.6 million accounts for export and USD 110,7 million – accounts for import.

Cultural and humanitarian cooperation is developing consistently, including the educational sphere. Since 2002 an International Westminster University has been operating in Tashkent. Meanwhile, in cooperation a Training-Experimental Center of High Technologies is being established with Cambridge University in Tashkent.

France is one of the important European partners of Uzbekistan.

State and official visits of the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to France hold (1993 and 1996), state visit of French President Francois Mitterrand to Uzbekistan (1994). Meeting between the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and French President Jacques Chirac hold in June 1996 in the framework of the Summit of heads of EU state in Florence and in November 2002 NATO / EAPC Summit in Prague.

The bilateral relations have gained further dynamics after the visit of the Foreign Ministers of France L.Fabius and J.-M.Ayrault to Uzbekistan in March 2013 and April 2017 respectively as well as the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov to France in October 2012, November 2014 and March 2017.

Between foreign policy departments of two countries nine rounds of political consultations were carried out. The last round took place in November, 2014 in Paris.

In 2008 the inter-parliamentary group on cooperation was established at the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan, and since 2010 the Group of Friendship "Uzbekistan-France" functions at the Legislative chamber of the Oliy Majlis.

The inter-parliamentary group "France-Central Asia" and the Group of Friendship "France-Uzbekistan" were established at the Senate of France.

An Agreement on cooperation between the Ombudsman of Uzbekistan and the Defender of the Rights of France was signed in June 2008.

France is one of important trade partners of Uzbekistan in Europe. In 2016, bilateral trade totaled USD 264,8 million.

The Association for the Art and History of Temurids Epoch, as well as the "Avicenna-France" Association have been successfully functioning in France.

A number of universities of Uzbekistan have signed cooperation agreements and protocols with leading universities of France.

Germany is one of the major trade and economic partners of Uzbekistan in Europe. In 2016, the bilateral trade between Uzbekistan and Germany made up more than USD 520.1 million. The financial and technical cooperation between the two countries compounds more than 329.9 million euros.

There is a huge interest for learning of German culture and language in Uzbekistan. The German language is the second most popular foreign language, which studied nationwide. Presently, in the field of the higher education, partnership relations are established with more than 20 higher establishments of Germany. The exchange of students, specialists and teachers is being carried out.

The current partnership relations between Tashkent and Berlin, Samarkand and Bremen, Bukhara and Bonn play an important role in the development of cultural and humanitarian relations.

Uzbekistan considers Italy as a long-term and prospective partner in Europe. The foundations of the Uzbek- Italian relations were laid during the official visits of the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Italy in June 1996 and November 2000. In May 1997 the Italian President O.Scalfaro paid a return visit to Uzbekistan.

The two countries maintain a regular dialogue on foreign ministries level. The fifth round of political consultations at ministerial level was held in Rome in November 2015.

“Uzbekistan-Italy” Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Group has been operating at the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan since 2011. Meanwhile, “Italy –Uzbekistan” Friendship Group was established at the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament.

In June 2012, the Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan and the Chamber of Deputies of the Italian Parliament signed a Memorandum on Cooperation.

Since 2009 the Turin Polytechnic University has been operating in Tashkent.

In January 2013 the Khokimiyat of Samarkand city and the Administration of Florence province signed an Agreement on Friendship and Cooperation.

The relations of Uzbekistan with Spain are developing dynamically. Spain is a prospect and reliable partner of the Uzbekistan in Europe as well as on the international arena, as a whole. In January 2003 and May 2009 there were a visit of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Islam Karimov to Spain.

According to the invitation of Spain’s Minister of Foreign Affairs José Manuel García-Margallo, delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by Minister of Foreign Affairs visited Spain on November 4-7, 2013. During the visit conducted inter ministerial political consultations at the level of foreign ministers. Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo visited Uzbekistan on April 20-22, 2014.

At the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages is operating Spanish Faculty. Active cooperation is developing between the University of World Languages and universities of Madrid, Granada, Alcala de Henares and Malaga.

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