President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met at Kuksaroy complex June 11 with President of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, attending the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent as head of an observer state.
Today, the prolific Uzbek-Pakistani cooperation is developing in the spirit of contemporary international environment. Bilateral documents in various areas signed during summits, have been yielding tangible outcomes. In this context, trade and economic interactions between the two countries have been rather extensive, and the volume of mutual trade increased from 23 million US dollars in 2008 to 34 million in 2009.
In recent years, cultural and humanitarian relations have enhanced between the two nations. In this sense, quite telling are the scientific and practical conferences and other cultural events held in Pakistan in 2008 dedicated to the lives and creativities of Alisher Navoi, Abu Ali ibn Sino, Zahiriddin Bobur and Muhammad Iqbol.
During the meeting at Kuksaroy, the sides noted that active interaction in settling the conflict in Afghanistan remains predominantly significant as both Uzbekistan and Pakistan have a direct interest in building peace and socio-economic reconstruction in Afghanistan. Tashkent and Islamabad have similar approaches to issues related to counteracting contemporary threats to regional and international security.
Asif Ali Zardari expressed sincere gratitude to the leader of our nation for the invitation to attend the SCO summit. According to him, Pakistan considers Uzbekistan an important partner in promoting economic cooperation with Central Asian states and coordinated action in security matters.
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As part of the Tashkent summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, at Kuksaroy complex on June 11.
The Uzbek leader stressed the sustainable nature of mutual interaction – in the spirit of the Treaty of Eternal Friendship signed in 2000 – in an ample range of issues in regional cooperation, including those concerning the settlement of conflict in the neighboring Afghanistan.
Trade and economic cooperation between the two countries has been steadily growing, and an Uzbek-Tajik intergovernmental commission is set up to encourage sturdy development of mutually beneficial relations.
Also, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan actively interact in the framework of Shanghai Cooperation Organization. During the meeting the two leaders discussed raising the capacities of the Organization in addressing the tasks assigned to this institution, and improve mechanisms for cementing regional security and stability.
During the meeting, Emomali Rahmon expressed sincere gratitude to the head of our state for the warm welcome and the highest level of organization of SCO summit. The leader of Tajikistan stressed the timeliness and effectiveness of Uzbekistan’s constructive initiatives to uplift SCO’s international prestige during its chairmanship.
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On the sidelines of the summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met on June 11 at Kuksaroy complex with Shri S.M. Krishna, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of India, a representative of observer state.
Head of our state remarked that given the historical and cultural closeness of the two peoples, the relations between Uzbekistan and India have been consistently progressing.
Today, the Uzbek-Indian interaction is based on principles of mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields. Close and constructive contacts are built between the two countries at the highest level. Beginning from August 1997, consultations between foreign ministries are held regularly, the latest round of which took place in New Delhi on August 1, 2008. The global financial and economic downturn notwithstanding, economic cooperation between our nations has been developing steadily.
Acquiring a new sense in the context of globalization, cooperation in humanitarian sphere has been gathering momentum, in the spirit of the Agreement on Cooperation in Cultural Area penned in 1994. Thus, about 1,000 Uzbek specialists have since 1993 been trained in India in such areas as information technology, small business, banking, and other fields.
The two nations support one another in the international arena, augmenting cooperation within regional and international institutions.
During the meeting at Kuksaroy, Shri S.M. Krishna expressed his earnest gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and emphasized India’s interest in the further enlarging the mutually beneficial cooperation with our nation.