Wednesday, 25 October 2023, Berlin, Federal Republic of Germany: Ambassador Dilshod Akhatov, a distinguished diplomat from Uzbekistan, presented his credentials before German Federal President Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier at Bellevue Palace. Akhatov is no stranger to Germany, having had served a previous ambassadorial role in the EU’s largest economy between 2010 and 2013.
Born on 28th June 1972 in the Samarkand Region of Uzbekistan, Ambassador Akhatov has dedicated his life to serving his country in various capacities in the field of foreign affairs.
His academic journey began at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations. He further advanced his education at the Moscow State Institute (University) of International Relations, obtaining a Master’s degree in International Law. These academic achievements laid a solid foundation for his future career in diplomacy.
Ambassador Akhatov is multilingual, fluent in German, English, and Russian, skills that have undoubtedly been an asset in his international postings and negotiations. His diplomatic career commenced in 1995 with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. He started as an intern and quickly progressed to the roles of Attaché in the Department of European Countries.
From 1999 to 2003, he served as Attaché and subsequently Third Secretary at the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Germany. This period marked the beginning of his long-standing connection with Germany, a country that would later see him as resident ambassador. Upon returning to Uzbekistan in 2003, he became the Head of the Division of the Department of European Countries in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, further expanding his expertise in European affairs.
Between 2007 and 2010, Ambassador Akhatov took on the role of Head of the Department for Cooperation with European countries and NATO within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan. His leadership in these roles demonstrated his capability to manage significant diplomatic responsibilities and foster international cooperation.
His first ambassadorial role came in 2010 when he was appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Federal Republic of Germany. This position, held until 2013, was a testament to his diplomatic skills and deep understanding of German-Uzbek relations.
Following his tenure in Germany, he returned to Uzbekistan to lead the Department of the UN and International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs from 2013 to 2016. His role here involved engaging with key international bodies and shaping Uzbekistan’s foreign policy in the global arena.
In 2016, Ambassador Akhatov once again took charge of the Department for Cooperation with European Countries and NATO, reaffirming his expertise in European affairs. His leadership in this department was followed by his appointment as the Head of the Main Directorate for Bilateral Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2018.
Later that year, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, a role in which he served until 2020. This position allowed him to play a pivotal role in shaping the foreign policy of Uzbekistan and managing its international relations.
From 2020 to 2023, Ambassador Akhatov served as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to India. His tenure in India further strengthened the diplomatic ties between Uzbekistan and India, paving the way for enhanced bilateral cooperation.
In 2023, Ambassador Akhatov returned again to Germany, this time as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Federal Republic of Germany, a role he currently holds.
For further information
Embassy of Uzbekistan in Germany: https://www.uzbekistan.de
Picture courtesy of the Embassy of Turkmenistan in Germany