- Presidency of Uzbekistan in CIS in 2020
- 2020 year – the Year of development of science, education and digital economy
- The Strategy of Actions on Further Development of the Republic of Uzbekistan
- Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
- 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
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 50 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 20-22, 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 October 2016, January and December 2017 the First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan S.Safoev paid visits to London. Several briefings on current development and economic priorities of Uzbekistan, meetings at the EBRD, British Foreign Office, Parliament and with a number of renowned British companies and representatives of the academic community had been held.
In January-September 2017 the trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Great Britain totaled $115.9 million (export - 33.5 mln. USD, import - 82.4 mln. USD).
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.
Germany is one of the major trade and economic partners of Uzbekistan in Europe. In 2017, the bilateral trade between Uzbekistan and Germany made up more than 613.2 million U.S. dollars, in Jabuary-Novemper of 2018 - 712,1 mln. U.S. dollars. 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 30 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.
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. November 12-15, 2017 was organized visit of Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Spain.
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.
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.
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 ten rounds of political consultations were carried out. The last round took place in April, 2017 in Tashkent.
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- Central Asia" were established at the Senate National Assembly 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 2017, bilateral trade totaled USD 251,6 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.
On December 16, 1991, Turkey recognized the independence of Uzbekistan one of the first countries. Diplomatic relations were established on March 4, 1992. Since April 1992, the Embassy of Turkey in Tashkent has been functioning, since May 1993, the diplomatic mission of Uzbekistan in Ankara has been functioning.
The First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I.Karimov paid official visits to Turkey four times (1991, 1994, 1995 and 1998).
On October 25-26, 2017, the state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyoyev to Turkey was held.
The Presidents of Turkey repeatedly visited Uzbekistan: T.Ozal (1993), S.Demirel (May and October 1996, 1999), A.N.Sezer (2000) and R.T.Erdogan (2016).
Turkish Prime Ministers S.Demirel (1992), T.Chiller (1995), M.Yilmaz (1998) and R.T.Erdogan (2003) also visited Uzbekistan.
In October 2003, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan S.Safaev paid an official visit to Turkey. In August 2014, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan A.Kamilov took part in the inauguration ceremony of Turkish President R.T.Erdogan. Turkish Foreign Ministers also visited he Republic of Uzbekistan: Kh. Cetina (1994), I.Zhema (2000, 2001), A. Davutoglu (2014), M.Cavusoglu (2016) within the framework of participation in the 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Tashkent (March 2018) as part of the participation in the International Conference on Afghanistan in Tashkent and (April 2017) for political consultations. Nine rounds of inter-ministerial political consultations were held (9th round - March 19-20, 2018 in Ankara).
On October 14, 2017 Inter-Parliamentary Group of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan in cooperation with the Grand National Assembly of the Republic of Turkey was formed and it is headed by the first deputy chairman of the Senate S.Safoyev.
Turkey is one of the largest trade partners of Uzbekistan (it takes the 4th place after Russia, China and Kazakhstan). As a result of 2017, the volume of Uzbek-Turkish trade reached $ 1.5 billion.