President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah, Minister Responsible for Foreign Affairs of the Sultanate of Oman, on May 14 at Oqsaroy.
Welcoming the guest, the head of state expressed his contentment that Uzbek-Omani relations have been progressing not merely in diplomatic, but also economic realms. “The major reason for this being the long-time congruent development of our peoples in historical, religious, and cultural sense”, stressed the head of nation.
Relations between Uzbekistan and Oman have been developing in the spirit of growing friendship and interaction. In October 2009, during President Islam Karimov's state visit to the Sultanate of Oman important agreements were signed concerning bilateral trade and investment cooperation, air communications, over a dozen documents on joint work in hydrocarbon, chemical and construction industries, education system, tourism, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
A number of bilateral arrangements have been active between our countries including an intergovernmental agreement on mutual encouragement and protection of investments, on avoiding double taxation of income and preventing evasion of taxes on capital. There is also a deal to set up a joint Uzbek-Omani investment fund.
Oman regards Uzbekistan as one of the key nations of Central Asia. Partnership with our country provides Oman with wide opportunities to participate in regional economic interactions.
During the meeting at Oqsaroy, Yusuf bin Alawi bin Abdullah thanked sincerely the head of our state for the warm welcome and expressed the interest of the Sultanate of Oman in boosting its cooperation with Uzbekistan in various spheres.
Issues related to further enhancement of Uzbek-Omani relations and other topics of mutual interest have been discussed during the conversation.