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PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN
March 30, 2017
VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO FRANCE
On March 29, 2017 in Paris, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov met with Jean-Marc Ayrault, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development of the French Republic.

The foreign ministers discussed the state and prospects of the development of bilateral relations in the political, trade and economic, investment, military and technic, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres.

It was noted that the regular Uzbek-French meetings of foreign ministers, contacts at other levels allow the deepening of interstate cooperation on a mutually beneficial basis, expanding exchanges between representatives of business circles, scientific and educational institutions, culture and art.

During the conversation, the parties also exchanged views on some international and regional issues.

Following the talks, the ministers signed the Cooperation Program for 2017-2018 years between the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and France.

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On March 29, 2017, in Paris, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan, headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov, met with Remy Rioux, the General Director of the French Development Agency (AFD).

The sides noted with satisfaction that the intergovernmental agreement on the establishment and activities of the French Development Agency and PROPARCO in the Republic of Uzbekistan, signed at the end of last year, made it possible to intensify bilateral cooperation in trade, economic and investment spheres. Within the framework of the visit of the AFD delegation to our country, followed the agreement, decisions were made on financing a project by the French side on upgrading recycling system of solid domestic waste in Samarkand region, the total cost of which is 31.5 million euros.

During the meeting the parties reaffirmed the mutual interest in the participation of the AFD in implementation of socially significant joint projects in Uzbekistan.

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On March 29, 2017, in Paris, the Uzbek delegation met with Philippe Gautier, Director General of “MEDEF International” within the framework of the official visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov to France.

"MEDEF International" is the international branch of the Movement of French Enterprises “MEDEF”, which currently unites over 750,000 French companies and firms.

During the conversation, the sides exchanged views on the prospects of further strengthening Uzbek-French cooperation in the trade, economic and investment spheres.

As has been noted, the French business is interested in expanding cooperation with the Uzbek side, including participation on a mutually beneficial basis in the implementation of the large-scale Action Strategy adopted by the President of Uzbekistan on five priority directions on development of the country in 2017-2021. In this context, the practical issues of the organizing a trip to Uzbekistan of a representative delegation of business circles of France under the auspices of “MEDEF International” and holding a joint business forum in Tashkent were discussed at the meeting.

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On March 29, 2017, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov took part in the meeting of heads of ministries of foreign affairs of the Central Asian countries and France.

During the conversation, the parties exchanged views on the perspectives for cooperation in different spheres, and on international problems.

Within the framework of the meeting, the opening ceremony of the Exhibition of archival documents devoted to the history of relations between France and the states of Central Asia was held.

(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)


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