10/22/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 10/23/2019 02:37
The Slovak-Uzbek Inter-Ministerial Political Consultations were held in Bratislava on 22 October 2019. State Secretary of the Slovak Foreign and European Affairs Ministry and Special Representative of the Minister for Slovakia's Chairmanship in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Lukáš Parízek talked with Dilshod Akhatov, Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister of Uzbekistan.
The partners discussed a wide spectrum of bilateral relations. They confirmed the open character of bilateral relations between Slovakia and Uzbekistan. They positively appreciated the ongoing bilateral political dialogue and expressed their support for deepening the mutual cooperation with the emphasis on concrete results. This regards mainly the area of trade-and-commerce. Among other prospective spheres of interest are information technologies, health care, education and tourism. In this regard Parízek recalled the need to execute signed agreements, including the realization of the intergovernmental commission for economic, scientific and technical cooperation and the building of a contractual and legal basis. 'Slovakia closely follows and supports the reform processes that Uzbekistan has been realizing since President Mirziyoyev has taken office in 2016. We are interested in a stable and secure Central Asian region. This environment creates opportunities for reinforcing trade-and-commerce relations and increasing the living standards of the inhabitants,' stated Parízek. The State Secretary in this context offered his Uzbek partner the opportunity to share the Slovak transformation experiences.
Parízek detailed to Akhatov the experiences with Slovakia's ongoing OSCE Chairmanship. He also provided information about relevant upcoming events. They also exchanged views on current regional and geopolitical issues. The Uzbek Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister showed an eminent interest in the experiences from the cooperation in the Visegrad Four.