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NEWS AND EVENTS
May 24, 2013
President Receives Credentials from Ambassadors
At the Oqsaroy on May 23, President Islam Karimov received credentials from the newly appointed chiefs of diplomatic missions in Uzbekistan – the Head of Delegation of the European Union, Ambassador Yuri Sterk and the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan Fumihiko Kato.

Having congratulated the diplomats on the commencement of their responsible and honorable missions, the head of our state expressed kind wishes in the endeavors to boost bilateral relations for the good of our countries and peoples.

During the conversation with the EU Ambassador it has been noted that Uzbekistan places a special emphasis on the enhancement of fruitful cooperation with the European Union and European nations in general. It is important today to not merely maintain, but also steadily shore up the positive trends in the interaction both within the EU-Uzbekistan format and as part of the program “Strategy of New Partnership of the European Union for Central Asia”, a scheme supported by Uzbekistan from the moment it was approved back in 2007.

President Karimov and Ambassador Sterk exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared interest for the two sides, including the developments in Afghanistan.

The EU’s envoy assured in his turn that he will make every effort for upholding the encouraging dynamics in the relations between Uzbekistan and the European Union and for fostering the mutually advantageous and constructive cooperation.

During the conversation with Ambassador Fumihiko Kato it was stressed that Uzbekistan regards Japan as one of the key and time-tested prospective partners, relations with which have been built on the foundation laid by the Joint Statement on Friendship, Strategic Partnership and Cooperation signed in 2002.

Owing to the jointly accumulated experience of effective interaction, our two countries have been consistently buttressing the bilateral political dialogue, the trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian relations. The 11th joint session of the Uzbek-Japanese and Japanese-Uzbek committees for economic cooperation that took place last March in Tashkent revealed a remarkable potential in mutually advantageous investment cooperation between the business circles of our two countries, including that by establishing modern production capacities in hi-tech sectors of manufacturing and services industries.

Ambassador Kato pointed out that he considers his mission primarily in the assistance to the consolidation of longer-term bonds between Japan and Uzbekistan, in the practical implementation of interstate agreements, and that he will make use of his foremost abilities and experience for these goals to be furthered to the best.

(Source: Press service of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan )


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