Saturday, 19, January, 2019

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev today held talks with Russian President Vladimir at Kuksaroy residence. Mirziyoyev noted that over the past two years, the strategic partnership and alliance ties between the two countries had reached a new quality level.

Our cooperation is developing in all areas, such as military-technical cooperation, science, education, and culture, he said., naming the construction of the first nuclear power plant in Uzbekistan as yet another strategic area, he added.

He stressed that in the nine months of this year, the two-way trade grew by about 30% and by the year-end is expected to reach US$ 6 billion . "We didn’t expect this figure when we were planning, we only had a figure of US$ 5 billion in mind. The goal for the coming years is 10 billion, In September, a meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission chaired by the heads of government was successfully held. The interaction between the provinces is developing. Large investment projects are being implemented in cooperation with major Russian companies and banks," - said Mirziyoyev. He expressed confidence that Putin’s current state visit to Uzbekistan would give a powerful impetus to the further development of bilateral ties.

Uzbekistan is Russia’s reliable ally, the states will expand the base of their bilateral cooperation, stated the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

“We see how quickly and fundamentally Uzbekistan is changing, how reforms are planned and are being implemented, the reforms which have been badly needed for the Uzbek economy and the Uzbek people for so long,” he said.

He expressed confidence that not only in the long term, but also in the medium term, the Uzbek economy and people life standards will improve fundamentally for the better. “This gives us the opportunity to advance our ties on a new basis, thanks to these reforms, which you are now organizing in Uzbekistan, we are managing to achieve a serious breakthrough in our trade and economic ties,” Putin said.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev thanked Vladimir Putin for opening a monument in Moscow to the first president Islam Karimov.

“On my own behalf and on behalf of the people of Uzbekistan I want to sincerely thank you for perpetuating the memory of the first President Islam Abduganievich Karimov,” Mirziyoyev said.

Putin noted that Karimov "did a lot for the development of Uzbek-Russian ties." The Russian leader added that he had good personal relationship with Karimov. Islam Karimov came " in a very difficult time of formation of the country." “And it’s natural that we should care about perpetuating the memory of Islam Abduganievich,” Putin concluded.

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