Uzbekistan, Tashkent, October 17/ Trend D.Azizov /
A joint statement by the presidents of Uzbekistan and Latvia on the development of multifaceted relations between the two countries is planned to be adopted on Thursday during a visit of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov in Latvia, according to the president's press service.
According to the statement, the head of Uzbekistan at the invitation of the President of Latvia Andris Berzins arrived in Riga yesterday for a two-day state visit.
The national flags of the two countries were raised and a guard of honour lined up in honour of the President of Uzbekistan at the international airport of Riga.
During the upcoming meetings and talks with the Latvian leadership, issues of Uzbek- Latvian relations, as well as relevant regional and international ones will be discussed.
According to the report, Karimov will also hold talks with the Speaker of the Seimas (Parliament) Solvita Aboltina and Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis .
Following the visit, in addition to the adoption of a joint statement by the heads of states, the sides are to sign a number of documents aimed at further strengthening bilateral cooperation in the political, trade, investment, transport and communication sectors, as well as in the field of environmental protection.
On the eve of the visit in Riga, a Latvian- Uzbek Business Forum was held and attended by more than 100 entrepreneurs from both countries. The event covered a wide range of issues and in particular, prospects of cooperation in the logistics and food industries.
During the business forum, the sides agreed to expand trade and economic cooperation, taking into account the existing potential in a number of industries. In particular, Latvia proposes to use its ports for storage, distribution and supply of goods particularly fruit in Northern Europe.
The parties came to an agreement over the transport corridor that is currently being used to transport non-military cargo to Afghanistan, has to become a commercial route for transportation for the mutual benefit of both countries.
Latvia is among the three largest trading partners of Uzbekistan among the countries of the European Union. In 2012, bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to more than $240 million.
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