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A new stage of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Egypt is beginning
On September 4-5, 2018, the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi paid an official visit to Uzbekistan at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The main activities of the visit took place on September 5 at Kuksaroy residence.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi held negotiations in a narrow format, at Kuksaroy residence.
The President of Uzbekistan, welcoming the distinguished guest in the country, noted that this is a historic event in bilateral relations.
“We see in Egypt, which is one of the ancient centers of human civilization, a state with great potential. Relations between our countries and people have existed since ancient times. Today a new stage and practical work in cooperation between Uzbekistan and Egypt begins. Huge unused opportunities have been identified during the preparation for this visit. This is evidenced by the fact that agreements on contracts worth $400 million have been reached at today’s business forum. I am sure that the visit of the President of Egypt to Uzbekistan will yield great results in our partnership”, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The course of implementation of agreements reached earlier and the signed documents were considered. The Presidents noted the importance of further intensifying cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, innovation and scientific-technical spheres, in the field of tourism and culture. The parties agreed to strengthen the legal framework of bilateral relations for this purpose, hold meetings at various levels and strengthen partnership.
The heads of states also exchanged views on current issues of international and regional agenda. Attention was paid to issues of strengthening regional security, countering international terrorism and religious extremism. Decision was taken to establish an exchange of experience, interdepartmental relations and form a joint working group in this direction.
An agreement has been reached for uniting efforts towards the establishment of lasting peace and stability in Afghanistan, conducting appropriate political consultations between the ministries of foreign affairs.
The Presidents noted the similarity of their views on all the considered issues.
Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi invited Shavkat Mirziyoyev to pay a visit to Egypt.
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At the extended meeting of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Egypt, main attention was paid to discussion of issues of development of trade and investment cooperation, wide and effective use of available opportunities.
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the availability of great opportunities and reserves for development of trade-economic relations and increasing the trade turnover. Promising directions for expanding the export of goods and services, creating favorable conditions for bilateral trade have been emphasized.
Readiness of Uzbekistan to export goods of electrical, machine-building, metallurgical, chemical and petrochemical, light, food industries, agricultural and other products demanded in the Egyptian market, was noted.
The Egyptian side noted the availability of opportunities for the supply of medicines, medical equipment, furniture, petrochemical products, marble, leather and plastic products, as well as services to Uzbekistan.
An agreement was reached on intensifying activities of the Joint Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation, establishment of Uzbekistan – Egypt Business Council for discussing joint projects and mechanisms for their implementation. Responsible persons were instructed to take measures for reducing transportation costs during export.
Egypt is a country with huge potential and experience in tourism. At present, this sector is also developing rapidly in Uzbekistan. At the negotiations, issues of developing cooperation in this sphere, increasing the flow of Egyptian tourists to Uzbekistan for visiting ancient cities and shrines were discussed. The possibility of establishing flights between Tashkent, Cairo and Hurghada was considered.
Cultural and humanitarian cooperation also acquires positive dynamics. An agreement was reached on establishment of active cooperation between the Al-Azhar University and other scientific-research institutions of Egypt with the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan, the Imam Bukhari International Research Center and the Islamic Civilization Center.
Issues of cooperation in the spheres of agriculture, education, culture, sports and others were also discussed at the negotiations.
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Following the negotiations in Kuksaroy residence, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi adopted the Joint Statement.
12 documents have been signed between the governments and ministries of the two countries regarding cooperation in the spheres of tourism, investment, taxes, justice, agriculture, cultural heritage and sport, foreign affairs and youth issues.
The Presidents expressed their satisfaction with the negotiations and the reached agreements, noted that a new stage has begun in relations between Uzbekistan and Egypt.
“The first official visit of Mr. Abdel Fattah el-Sisi to Uzbekistan became historic for relations of our countries. The negotiations that were held openly, in a friendly and constructive spirit, showed the similarity of our approaches and views on all issues. I am sure that today’s agreements will enrich Uzbekistan – Egypt relations qualitatively and meaningfully and will serve to raise our cooperation to a new, higher level”, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
The President of Egypt noted that it became possible to agree on the entire agenda of the visit, these agreements will become the foundation for the next visits and the achievement of high results.
The official visit of Abdel Fattah Saeed Hussein Khalil el-Sisi to Uzbekistan ends today.