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Tuesday, 1 November 2022, Tashkent, Republic of Uzbekistan: Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Imamovich Norov welcomedto his homeland, the Federal Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, Annalena Berbock. Uzbek Ambassador to Germany, Nabijon Kasimov, attended all high-level bilateral meetings. 

During the meeting, topical issues of Uzbek-German ties were on the agenda as well as the bilateral interaction within multilateral fora.

The German side was briefed on the major policy courses as well as the achievements of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy, which holds a strong emphasis on Central Asia.

The two sides expressed mutual interest in further building up the political dialogue at the highest political and economical levels, continuing the practice of exchanging visits and experiences and organizing joint events in various fields.

The parties underscored the necessity to enhance trade and economic cooperation, including through exporting a broad range of high-quality and competitive Uzbek goods to the German market, and the implementation of joint schemes with the involvement of leading German companies.

The German side was briefed on the essence and significance of the constitutional reform underway in the republic, which is expected to create a robust legal framework and guarantee a long-term development strategy for Uzbekistan.

Proposals on deepening cultural and humanitarian ties, especially in education and science were tabled.

The ministers agreed on the importance of strengthening cooperation in the field of human rights and called for establishing a dialogue between Uzbekistan’s National Centre for Human Rights and the German Institute for Human Rights. Norov invited German experts to a global forum on human rights education to be held in Tashkent on 5-6 December this year.

The chief diplomats of the two countries discussed cooperation aspects in the field of environmental protection, in particular within the framework of the national programme “Yashil Makon” and the initiative of the German Foreign Ministry “Green Central Asia”.

Annalena Baerbock praised Uzbekistan’s efforts in combating the Aral Sea crisis and expressed readiness to explore the possibility of implementing specific environmental and social projects in the Aral Sea region.

The parties exchanged views on selected international and regional issues, including the ongoing situation in Afghanistan.

Baerbock’s official visit followed the one paid by President of the European Council, Charles Michael, to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Friday, 28 October. 

For further information 

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan: https://mfa.uz/ru/press/news/2022/o-vstreche-s-federalnym-ministrom-inostrannyh-del-frg—32604

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