President Karimov Discusses Bilateral Cooperation with Spain’s Foreign Minister

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the Oqsaroy on April 21 met with Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Kingdom of Spain, who is in our country with an official visit.

Greeting the guest, the head of our state expressed satisfaction with the established level of multifaceted Uzbek-Spanish dialogue and gave a high appraisal to Spain’s role and place in tackling the pressing international and regional issues.

The conversation has served as a good opportunity to discuss in detail the current state and priority dimensions of bilateral cooperation and international affairs, including regional security and stability in the context of the situation in Afghanistan.

It was noted in particular that Uzbekistan attaches a considerable significance to the promotion of comprehensive interaction with Spain, regarding the latter as one of its priority and reliable partners in the European Union.

As it was pointed out, the dynamic and sustainable rates of economic growth in Uzbekistan and the favorable environment created in the country for foreign investors constitutes a robust bedrock for the enhancement of trade-economic and investment interaction.

The successful mutually advantageous cooperation can be seen as an example in the enthusiastic activities of leading Spanish companies like Talgo, Maxam, Initek Energy in the Uzbek market.

The mounting reciprocal interest in the realization of new joint projects across economic sectors is indicative by the regular contacts among business circles of our two nations. Islam Karimov wished good luck to the business forum underway currently in Tashkent and which has been represented by an impressive delegation of Spanish entrepreneurs from the sphere of infrastructure projects and high technologies.

Also, a range of other issues in the mutual agenda has been addressed at the meeting at the Oqsaroy.

Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo sincerely thanked the President of Uzbekistan for a warm welcome and handed the invitation by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy Brey to travel to Spain with an official visit. The guest also confirmed the willingness of the Spanish leadership to continue with the consolidation of open political dialogue and bilateral cooperation in all areas of shared interest.

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