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Uzbekistan and Tajikistan are strategic partners

On August 17, the ceremony of the official meeting of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, who paid a state visit to Uzbekistan, took place at Kuksaroy residence. A guard of honor was lined up in honor of the honored guest.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Emomali Rahmon rose to the podium. National anthems of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have sounded. The Presidents passed the guard of honor.

After the official welcoming ceremony, the heads of the two states held a meeting in a narrow format.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev warmly welcomed the President of Tajikistan and emphasized that in a short time, strong cooperation has been established between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan and this visit is a logical continuation of consistently developing mutually beneficial and active dialogue.

– Development of friendly relations with neighboring Tajikistan is one of the priority directions of Uzbekistan's foreign policy. Dear Emomali Sharipovich, Your first state visit to Uzbekistan is a clear evidence of this. We evaluate this as continuation of our political dialogue based on mutual trust and are ready to further raise bilateral relations to a high level and enrich with new practical content, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

President of Tajikistan noted that this meeting is an important stage in the process of further development of bilateral relations, a good opportunity to comprehensively analyze the current state and identify priority areas of cooperation.

– Dear Shavkat Miromonovich, we are immensely grateful for Your invitation to visit brotherly Uzbekistan and for the warm welcome. Your state visit to Tajikistan has restored relations between our countries and has given a powerful impetus to their consistent development on the entire range of issues. Thanks to your wise policy, Uzbekistan is achieving great success, people’s confidence in the future is strengthening. Today's visit will play an important role in improving the wellbeing of our people”, – said Emomali Rahmon.

At the meeting, issues of expansion of cooperation in various spheres, strengthening relations between regions, large enterprises and entrepreneurs of the two countries, intensifying cultural and humanitarian ties were discussed, the sides exchanged views on regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon continued negotiations in an expanded format with participation of official delegations of the two countries.

Issues of expansion of cooperation in political, trade-economic, transport-communication, investment, agricultural and water management, tourism and other spheres were discussed.

Due to the adopted targeted measures, the trade turnover is dynamically growing. In the first half of this year, the trade turnover increased by 35.1 percent. In 2018, trade agreements were signed for more than $300 million.

The President of Uzbekistan noted that the current trade turnover does not correspond to the potential of the two countries, there are wide unused opportunities for bringing it to 1 billion dollars.

Development of road, rail and air services contributes to the expansion of the scale of trade and economic cooperation. Partnership in the energy sector is strengthening. Since April of this year, natural gas supplies to Tajikistan have been resumed, and the amount of electricity purchased from Tajikistan is increasing. It was noted that both sides are ready to continue making practical efforts for more effective cooperation in transport and development of international transit corridors.

This year became a breakthrough in the history of bilateral relations. Since the beginning of this year, more than 50 meetings have taken place at various levels, four sessions of the Intergovernmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation were held.

The visit of the head of Tajikistan will create new opportunities for expanding the use of trade-economic and transport-communication potential of our countries. Most importantly, friendly ties will serve as an important factor in ensuring the well-being of people and sustainable development of Central Asia.

During the negotiations, the need was noted for taking joint measures on expanding cooperation between business structures and border regions of the two countries. Agreements have been reached to accelerate the implementation of projects for the assembly of agricultural machinery, production of building materials, food products, finished textile, electrical products and other goods.

The sides discussed issues of countering terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking, transnational crime, other threats and challenges to international security, expressed their readiness to strengthen mutual understanding and constructive cooperation in implementation of large hydropower projects.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon got acquainted with the exhibition of industrial products of Tajikistan organized at “Uzexpocentre” NEC.

At this exhibition, which has become a kind of a platform for businessmen of the two countries, products of companies operating in various industries, as well as innovative projects and developments of universities, research and production centers are presented.

Trade and economic cooperation between the two countries is consistently developing. Cars and trucks, agricultural machinery, products of metallurgical, electrical, food and textile industries, building materials are exported from Uzbekistan to Tajikistan, and construction materials, cement, aluminum and other goods are supplied from Tajikistan to Uzbekistan.

Becoming acquainted with the exposition, the Presidents noted that such exhibitions are important in further development of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries. They noted that the expansion of cooperation between the sectors of the economy of the two countries is aimed at improving production processes and further promotion of goods.

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Presidents Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Emomali Rahmon visited Artel plant in Tashkent and got acquainted with production process.

In Uzbekistan, ensuring the needs of the population in household appliances on the basis of import substitution is one of the priority directions of the state policy. As a result of wide opportunities, the production of household appliances under the trademark Artel has started in 2011. Over the past period, the company has mastered production of more than 20 types of household appliances of 500 models.

Today, the Artel trademark with its modern, qualitative and affordable production has strong positions in the markets not only of the neighboring countries, but also of the far abroad. Refrigerators, TVs, mobile phones and smart phones, washing machines, gas stoves, air conditioners, microwave ovens, vacuum cleaners and energy-saving lamps that meet the world standards have won consumers’ trust.

The heads of states inspected the exhibition of Artel products, organized at the company. The honored guest was informed about the range, quality system and workplaces.

Emomali Rahmon became familiar with the technological production process of air conditioners and TVs, highly appreciated their quality.

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“Friendship Evening” concert with participation of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan masters of art was held in Uzbekistan Palace of International Forums.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that Uzbekistan and Tajikistan people had lived side by side and overcome difficulties and hardships together from time immemorial.

– Uzbekistan and Tajikistan people are like two branches of one tree, two tributaries of one river. We have one religion, common land and water. We are together in joy and sorrow, united by one destiny. Continuing good traditions of our ancestors, we must strengthen and preserve the friendship of our people, – said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

At the event, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan awarded Emomali Rahmon with the order “El-yurt hurmati” (“Respected by people and homeland”) for the enormous contribution to strengthening bilateral relations and friendship between people of the two countries.

The President of Tajikistan, expressing sincere gratitude for such a high award, noted that today’s level of relations is a historic achievement of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan people.

The Friendship Evening has become a vivid confirmation of the ever-strengthening cooperation between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan, the lasting friendship of people of the two countries.

The state visit of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon to Uzbekistan continues.

(Source: UzA)