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Presidents of Uzbekistan and Egypt Discusses Prospects for Developing Bilateral Relations and Raising to a New Level of Comprehensive Partnership

On February 21, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi held negotiations at Al Ittihadiya Palace in Cairo.

The Leaders discussed in detail the further enhancement of Uzbek-Egyptian cooperation and agreed to advance the relations to the level of comprehensive partnership.

A cardinal extension of interaction in politics, security, trade and industrial cooperation, as well as building up cultural, humanitarian and educational ties have been the key topics of talks.

The Presidents noted the community of reforms underway within the framework of Egypt’s «Vision 2030» strategic plan and the New Uzbekistan Development Strategy.

The President congratulated the Egyptian President on the successful organization of international summit on climate change COP 27.

During the talks, the leaders have noted with delight the dynamic development of bilateral relations, intensification of a broad political dialogue, mutual support within international organizations like the UN, OIC, SCO and Non-Aligned Movement, and intensification of inter-parliamentary ties.

The two sides expressed interest in sharing experience in fighting corruption, countering contemporary challenges and threats to security, and mutual support for international initiatives toward stabilization and reconstruction of Afghanistan.

Special attention was paid to trade and economic and investment cooperation.  Presidents of Uzbekistan and Egypt highly appreciated the outcomes of Uzbek-Egyptian business events held on the eve of the visit of Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

Agreements have been reached on creating a favorable conditions for mutual investments. Given the complementary nature of the two countries’ economies, five specific areas of cooperation in gas chemicals, textiles, electrical engineering, jewelry and pharmaceuticals have been identified.  

It has been proposed to use opportunities of free economic zones in Uzbekistan to bolster industrial cooperation and establish highly profitable joint ventures.

Separately, the sides discussed prospects of joint projects in the energy sector, as well as measures for developing transport routes linking Uzbekistan and Egypt. 

The sides underscored the importance of developing cultural, humanitarian and religious ties. An agreement has been reached to boost cooperation in training specialists in the Arabic language. The President of Uzbekistan proposed to jointly organize a Global Forum of Arabists in 2024. 

There was an exchange of views on topical international and regional issues.

The meeting was held in an open, warm and friendly atmosphere. At the end of the meeting, Shavkat Mirziyoyev invited Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to visit Uzbekistan.

A signing ceremony following the outcomes of the Uzbek-Egyptian top-level talks was held as a part of the visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Arab Republic of Egypt.

The presidents adopted a Joint Declaration aimed at expanding cooperation in political, trade and economic, investment, cultural and educational spheres.

A range of bilateral documents has also been signed in the presence of the presidents. These documents are aimed to develop the cooperation between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, as well as the Ministry of Investment, Industry and Trade of Uzbekistan and the General Directorate of Investment of Egypt, cooperation in plant quarantine and plant protection, public health, investment promotion and strengthening bilateral investment relations, technical regulation, as well as exchange of experience in development issues.

Memorandums of Understanding were also signed between the Centre for Islamic Civilization of Uzbekistan, the Abu Rayhan Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of Uzbekistan and the National Library and Archives of Egypt.

Following the summit talks, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi have made statements for the media.

Our President has expressed sincere gratitude for the warm welcome and hospitality to the Uzbek delegation on the ancient and unique Egyptian land. It was underscored that Uzbekistan is sincerely rejoice at the great achievements of the Egyptian leadership and the people.

During the talks, the leaders of these two countries have expressed a consensus on the fact that large-scale reform programs - the New Uzbekistan Strategy and the New Republic in Egypt - have much in common, and the work being carried out in job creation and poverty reduction, social protection of population and infrastructure development in cities is consistent.

“We strive to jointly build a solid bridge of cooperation not only between our countries, but also among our strategically important regions," President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has said.

At the meeting, the State Leaders thoroughly considered the issues of intensifying political consultations, expanding multifaceted cooperation in trade and economic, investment, transport and logistics, cultural and humanitarian spheres and in the field of security.

It was particularly emphasized that existing huge opportunities and considerable potential of trade and economic interaction are not fully exploited, consequently, the need to use practical mechanisms and effective measures to boost trade was stated. The outcomes of business events, which took place on the eve of the visit, will also contribute to it.

The agreements on joint implementation of "green" energy projects, development of optimal transport routes linking the two countries, usage of free economic zones, organization of direct flight connections were reached.

Uzbek President once again expressed his commitment to create all conditions for Egyptian companies to implement mutually beneficial projects in our country.

It was agreed to continue the practice of active mutual support as part of international and regional organizations. The leaders agreed on the need not to weaken efforts to stabilize the situation in Afghanistan and to help the people of that country.

The two peoples have long-standing ties of friendship expressed in common religion, as well as common customs and traditions. In this regard, it was stressed that scientific and educational exchanges, joint studies of our mutual history and culture, the consolidation of young people's and creative ties will always be on the agenda of bilateral cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

In this context, a willingness to organize mutual visits of poets and writers, figures of art and culture was expressed.

The President of our country has put forward an initiative to establish a scientific friendship community of scientists from the two countries to thoroughly study and promote an exemplary life and scientific heritage of the great scholar Ahmad Farghani among young people.

In conclusion of his speech, the Uzbek President has expressed a strong confidence that the outcomes of Uzbek-Egyptian summit will raise bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level and endow them with a long-term character for the benefit of our amicable peoples.

The two-day visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Egypt was productive.

On the second day of the visit, negotiations with the President of the Arab Republic of Egypt Abdel Fattah El-Sisi were hold. Following the talks, the heads of both states adopted a Joint Statement and signed documents between ministries and agencies of the two countries.

The two Presidents made statements for the media.

At the end of the visit, Minister of Trade and Industry of Egypt Ahmed Saleh and other officials at the airport in Cairo escorted the distinguished guest. The President flew to Tashkent.