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The working visit of the Secretary of State, Dan Neculăescu to Uzbekistan

Press release

On 30-31 October 2018, the Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu paid a working visit to Uzbekistan, addressing the stage and perspectives of the Romanian-Uzbek relations, including multilateral cooperation, EU relations with Uzbekistan and Central Asia, as well as topics of interest on the regional and international agenda.

During the visit, the Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu met with Uzbek Deputy Foreign Minister Dilshod Akhatov, Foreign Trade Minister Jamshid Khodjaev, Alisher Kurmanov, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Policy Committee, Chairman of the Commission for Democratic Institutions and NGOs Akmal Saidov, as well as representatives of the Institute of Strategic and Interregional Studies attached to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Also, during the visit to Uzbekistan, the Romanian diplomat had meetings with the heads of the EU Delegation and the OSCE Office in Uzbekistan.

The main topics discussed during the working visit were the ways to boost bilateral relations and the agreement on concrete steps to continue and deepen the cooperation between the two foreign ministries. Measures to boost economic cooperation and increase trade, including the operationalization of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission for Economic and Technical-Scientific Cooperation and the improvement of the bilateral legal framework, as well as the prospect of intensifying exchanges in the fields of education, culture and tourism, have also been examined. Particular attention was paid to the dimension of interconnectivity, with the Romanian side presenting its initiative in the Black Sea-Caspian Sea Transportation Corridor. The Romanian diplomat appreciated and supported the strengthening of the EU-Uzbekistan dialogue and referred to the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council, which will contribute to the adoption of the new EU Strategy for Central Asia.

At the same time, relevant aspects of regional security were reviewed, and the Secretary of State Dan Neculăescu highlighted developments in the wider Black Sea region.

The Uzbek side has been particularly interested in deepening the bilateral relationship, including in a multilateral context, and cooperating with Romania during the EU Council Presidency, highlighting Uzbekistan's interest in participating in the Black Sea - Caspian Sea Transportation Corridor, a project promoted by Romania.

The visit to Uzbekistan will be followed by the visit of the State Secretary Dan Neculăescu to the Kyrgyz Republic and will fit into the wider context that targets the steps to revive Romania's relations with the Central Asian states, including in the context of the campaign for a non-permanent membership of the Security Council, but also in the perspective of the Presidency of the Council of the EU.