Interim President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev held negotiations with the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kuwait Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah on 18 October 2016.
Welcoming the guest, Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed deep respect for the Emir of Kuwait Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah conveyed the greetings and good wishes of the Emir of Kuwait.
The sides underlined that this meeting serves for further strengthening of bilateral friendly relations.
Approaches and views of Uzbekistan and Kuwait on a row of regional and international issues are mostly similar. The parties share common positions on topical issues of strengthening peace and stability, preventing threats and challenges.
Uzbekistan has been widening the scale of interactions with Kuwait within the framework of different authoritarian fora and institutions.
It was particularly underscored during the conversation that the visits of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in 2004 to Kuwait, of the Emir of the State of Kuwait sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah in 2008 to Uzbekistan have given a new impetus to developing relations between the countries, lifted the mutually beneficial cooperation to a new level. The documents, signed during these visits, have become the legal base of interactions between our countries.
The parties exchanged opinion on elevating relations between Uzbekistan and Kuwait to a higher level. The officials agreed to hold a session of the joint inter-governmental commission on cooperation in the first quarter of 2017 to expand trade-economic and investment partnership.
It was said that Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development actively participates in programmes of social-economic development of Uzbekistan. The fund participated in realization of three projects for 60.6 million US dollars in such spheres as water supply, transport infrastructure and medicine. Currently, four more projects for 72.5 million US dollars are implemented in cardio surgery, irrigation and road reconstruction.
Shavkat Mirziyayev and Sabah Al Khalid Al Sabah underlined importance of organization of mutual visits at various levels to develop relations between two nations. In this regard, the upcoming visit of the Uzbek Foreign Minister to Kuwait will become important step in realization of agreements.
Using the opportunity, Shavkat Mirziyayev invited the Emir of Kuwait to visit Uzbekistan.
In the framework of the 43rd session of the Council of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, Uzbekistan assumed presidency in this institution from Kuwait. In this regard, the Kuwaiti side highly rated proposals and initiatives of Uzbekistan for the presidency period in the organization and fully supported and expressed readiness to cooperation in this direction.
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On the same day Interim President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev held a meeting with the President of the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) Bandar Al-Hajjar.
At the meeting, Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated the guest with his election to the post of the IDB President and expressed hope that the bank will continue to contribute to strengthening of the unity of the Islamic world and development of all the member countries of the OIC.
It was noted that the IDB has allocated over US$1.4 billion to realization of 26 projects in Uzbekistan in such spheres as healthcare, education, irrigation and land-reclamation, power, water supply, utility, road infrastructure, support of small businesses.
The sides noted that there is huge potential for development of cooperation and lifting them to new level. The sides reached agreement to exchange delegations of various levels to study and use untapped opportunities, create new project and expand scale of partnership.
It was said that Uzbekistan is for development of strategic cooperation with IDB. The Uzbek side expressed readiness to develop and adopt cooperation strategy for 2017-2017 within this year. Currently, some 21 projects with total cost of US$1.4 billion were prepared for inclusion to this programme.
IDB President expressed gratitude to Shavkat Mirziyoyev for invitation to Tashkent forum of the OIC and high evaluation to the IDB activities.
He said that he supports all proposals of Uzbekistan to develop mutual relations and expressed his readiness to implement agreements to real projects.
The sides exchanged opinion on realization of the initiative of the Uzbek leadership on creation of International Scientific-Research center on studying rich religious-spiritual heritage of the Uzbek ancestors, who contributed to development of Islam culture, in Samarkand. The principle “Enlightenment against ignorance”, underlying this initiative, envisages learning the Islam not through damaging false ideas, but via learning the heritage of such geniuses as Imam Bukhari, Imam Termezi, Makhmud Zamakhsahiy, Bakhauddin Naqshband, Burkhaniddin Marginani, Imam Maturidi, Abu Raykhan Beruniy, Abu Ali ibn Sino and wide dissemination of this religious, cultural and scientific legacy of the whole humanity.
Bandar Al-Hajjar highly rated this initiative and said that such ideas serve to further strengthening of the unity of Muslim world and achieving common goals.
At the meeting, the sides also discussed issues of further development of mutual beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and IDB.