Tashkent hosts Uzbekistan – Latvia political consultations
On March 28, Tashkent hosted the 14th round of Uzbekistan – Latvia inter-MFA political consultations during the visit to Uzbekistan of the delegation led by the Under-Secretary of State, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Jānis Mažeiks.
At the meeting, the delegation of the parties was headed by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Dilshod Akhatov and Under-Secretary of State, Political Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Latvia Jānis Mažeiks.
The current state and prospects of development of bilateral cooperation, including within the UN, in the format of “Uzbekistan – European Union” were discussed. Views were exchanged on a number of international and regional issues.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and Latvia in 1992, fruitful cooperation has been established. During the negotiations, interest was expressed in deepening trade-economic and investment ties.
Latvia is one of the key trade partners of Uzbekistan in the European Union. In 2018, the trade turnover reached 429 million USD, which is almost 50 percent more than in 2017.
The parties considered the possibility of diversifying mutual supplies by expanding the range of goods and services. In this context, holding the first meeting of Uzbekistan – Latvia Business Cooperation Council in Tashkent was recognized as relevant.
At the meeting it was noted that the promising areas of cooperation are tourism, culture, science, education and health.
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On the same day, the Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan for Afghanistan Ismatulla Irgashev met with the Latvian delegation. At the meeting, views were exchanged on cooperation within the framework of joint projects aimed at promoting the socio-economic revival of Afghanistan.