Uzbek president meets British MPs
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept. 20 / Trend D.Azizov /
Uzbek President Islam Karimov stopped off in London on his way to New York to attend a U.N. plenary session on Millennium Development Goals, the Uzbek National News Agency reported.
Karimov met with the Chairman of the Britain-Uzbekistan Friendship Society Hartley Booth and Chairman of the UK-Uzbekistan Parliamentary Group John Waverley.
Karimov noted during his meetings that Uzbek-British relations are developing rapidly. The foreign ministries of the two countries are holding increasingly frequent consultations, and their supreme legislative bodies, academia and businesses are enhancing cooperation. He also stressed that Uzbekistan and the UK cooperate on a multilateral basis to promote regional security and the stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan.
Booth and Waverley said the UK supports further developing cooperation with Uzbekistan in an economic and investment framework, as well as on the parliamentary level.
During the meeting, the sides also said the Uzbek-British Council on Trade and Industry will convene in late 2010. The council will consider expanding cooperation in the agricultural industry. Uzbekistan has extensive experience in agriculture, and the British Institute of Plant and Ecological Research is considered to be one of the world's leading research centers.
The UK is a major Uzbek trade partners. About 200 joint ventures work with British investors in Uzbekistan, and over 50 British companies have representative offices in the country.
The sides also discussed trade, economics and parliamentary relations
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