President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Secretary General of the World Customs Organization Kunio Mikuriya, on May 4 in Oqsaroy.
Head of our state, welcoming the guest, said, “Your attendance of the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Tashkent we perceive as a sign of respect for Uzbekistan and our region as a whole. Uzbek customs officials personally feel the practical support provided by the WTO in the development and introduction of modern methods and standards to the system and professional training in this field.
“In Uzbekistan we well understand the effective role played by the World Customs Organization in elaborating rules and procedures of international trade”, the President said.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Japan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Finance Naoto Kan on May 3 in Oqsaroy.
“Taking this opportunity, I would like to express my sincere respect to the leadership and people of Japan. The fact that You personally head the Japanese delegation at the meeting of Asian Development Bank is a great honor for us, and at the same time testifies to the consolidating friendly relations between our countries and peoples year by year starting from the very first days of Uzbekistan’s independence”, the head of state said welcoming the distinguished guest.
Today, bilateral relations between Uzbekistan and Japan are developing rather intensively and entirely in line with the spirit of the 2002 Joint Declaration on Friendship, Strategic Partnership and Cooperation. Japan has been one of the oldest and most reliable investment partners of our nation. The volume of Japanese financial resources drawn into the Uzbek economy reaches two billion US dollars.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Xie Xuren, Minister of Finance of the People’s Republic of China, in Oqsaroy on May 3.
Welcoming the guest, head of our state noted in particular, “I take this opportunity to thank the President of the People’s Republic of China Mr. Hu Jintao for a decision to send such a representative delegation led by You to the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Asian Development Bank in Tashkent. It will surely provide a corresponding impetus and weight to an international forum of such level. We in Uzbekistan highly appreciate and value the close, friendly relations established between our countries, and know well what lies behind the current growth of China’s prestige and influence in world affairs, which was laid in the renowned reforms course by Deng Xiaoping”.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Philippe Le Houerou, Vice-President of World Bank for Europe and Central Asia Region, on April 30 in Oqsaroy.
Welcoming the guest, the head of state underscored the strategic nature of jointly realized projects in priority sectors of national economy and the consistent expansion of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank.
“Mr. Vice President, I am sincerely glad to welcome you in Tashkent and to express my earnest respect to you as well as the World Bank President Mr. Zoellick. World Bank representatives’ attendance of ADB annual meeting in Tashkent confirms the high level of mutual relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the World Bank”, President Islam Karimov said in particular.
On the eve of Forty-third Annual Meeting of the Board of Governors of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with ADB President Haruhiko Kuroda in Oqsaroy, April 30.
Welcoming the guest, the head of state pointed out that ADB is duly regarded as one of the most authoritative and influential international financial institutions to have had a long-standing and reliable partnership with our republic. The Bank's steadily applied strategy of cooperation with Uzbekistan backs this statement.
“Mr. Kuroda, let me first express a sense of highest respect for You and, welcoming You in Tashkent, thankfulness for Your choice of Tashkent as the venue for the upcoming meeting of Asian Development Bank, – President Karimov said. – Holding an international forum of such a level in this city is a great honor for our country and, at the same time, an event of historic significance. Latest meetings of Governors of Asian Development Bank approved four major investment projects worth over 1.14 billion US dollars. As you know, these projects cover such important areas of our development as improvement of transport and communication infrastructure, provision of drinking water, development of public utilities, construction of combined cycle unit at Talimarjan thermal power plant, as well as support for small and medium businesses through commercial banks of the republic”.
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Meng Jianzhu, Member of State Council, Minister of Public Security of the People's Republic of China, in Oqsaroy on April 23.
Head of our state noted that priority aspects of Uzbek-Chinese cooperation include deepening the political dialogue, further reinvigoration of joint efforts in bolstering the regional security, including within frameworks of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), boosting the trade and investment cooperation for mutual benefit.
As the guest stated, efforts by Uzbekistan’s leadership to revitalize the SCO activity in many areas of regional cooperation, especially during our nation’s presidency in the Organization, have enjoyed broad international support.
Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, met with secretaries of security councils of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, SCO Secretary General Muratbek Imanaliyev, and Director of SCO RATS Executive Committee Dzhenisbek Dzhumanbekov, in Oqsaroy on April 23.
The head of state expressed satisfaction with the high level of interaction achieved in such areas of SCO activity as elaboration and implementation of complex multilateral actions to provide for regional security. The role of national security councils of this reputable international organization’s member countries is invaluable in joint coordination of those measures.
While articulating on the burgeoning credibility and significance of SCO efforts in the current circumstances, President Islam Karimov stressed its growing position in addressing regional and global security issues, combating international terrorism, separatism and extremism, drug trafficking and other challenges and threats in the strategically important Central Asian region.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with David H. Petraeus, Commander of United States Central Command, in Oqsaroy on April 6.
Welcoming the visitor, the head of state underscored the solid and steadfast level of current Uzbek-American relations, prospects for their further development in constructive and equal manner.
Today, Uzbekistan and the United States cooperate in addressing the situation in Afghanistan and socio-economic reconstruction of that country. Our republic provides practical assistance to its southern neighbor in the supply of electricity, construction materials and soft commodities. Uzbekistan is involved in building and organizing Afghanistan’s transport infrastructure.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Ban Ki-moon, Secretary General of the United Nations, in Oqsaroy on April 5.
Welcoming the guest, the head of state pointed out the high level of rewarding cooperation of the republic with the UN on a number of critical areas of regional development.
“Mr Secretary General, I consider your visit to the region, including Uzbekistan, a landmark occasion and evidence to immense concern of the UN with our region. The visit constitutes a fine opportunity to identify the issues in providing for stability and security, sustainable development, use of water and energy as well as mineral resources, protection of environment, and many other subjects that bother the peoples in the region,” said the head of nation.
“I consider your visit to the states of the region, including Uzbekistan, as a significant event and as a proof of the high interest of the UN to our region. This is a good opportunity to consider the issues of ensuring stability and security, sustainable development, use of water-energy and mineral resources, environmental protection and many other issues that concern the people of the region,” the President of the country said.
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Sergey Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, in Oqsaroy on March 31.
Welcoming the guest, the Head of state expressed condolence once again to the leadership and people of the Russian Federation due to the death of civilians as a result of terrorist attacks in Moscow subway on March 29. With regard to the current state of Uzbek-Russian relations, President of Uzbekistan noted the steadily high level of their development in many areas.