Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Oct. 23 / Trend D. Azizov /
An EU delegation headed by EU Special Representative for Central Asia Pierre Morel held talks in the Uzbek Senate, Cabinet of Ministers and the Foreign Ministry during his visit to Tashkent.
The current state and prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU were discussed at the meetings, the Foreign Ministry said.
The parties agreed on the need for more effective use of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the EU, especially in trade, economic and investment spheres.
Particular attention was paid to international and regional security having mutual interest. In particular, the challenges of restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan, the situation in Kyrgyzstan amid the recent parliamentary elections and the tragic events in the south of the country in June were considered.
"We appreciate the position of Uzbekistan with regard to the situation in Kyrgyzstan, as well as the efforts made by the Uzbek side to prevent the escalation of the situation in the region," he said.
Regarding equitable and sustainable use of water and energy resources of Central Asia, he noted the importance of World Bank's expertise in the Rogun hydroelectric power station.
During the talks the sides exchanged views on combating terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other transnational threats to security.
The Uzbek representatives positively assessed cooperation with the European Union on strengthening the borders and the fight against drug trafficking through BOMCA and CADAP, the most effective initiatives of the EU in the region.