Angela Merkel: We want to be a reliable partner for Uzbekistan
Baku, Azerbaijan, January 22
Uzbekistan and Germany have every opportunity to increase the volume of bilateral trade from 700 million euros to 1 billion euros, as was noted in talk between President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, Trend reports via Podrobno.uz.
Mirziyoyev is on an official visit to Berlin since January 21.
Angela Merkel noted that the visit of Uzbek president after a long break is important and will give a powerful impetus to the development of bilateral cooperation.
"We want to be a reliable partner of Uzbekistan, we know that the expansion of ties between our countries is more than possible," said the chancellor.
The sides expressed satisfaction with the rapidly developing bilateral relations, enriching them with new content and intensifying the political dialogue in recent years.
The agenda included the state of and prospects for interaction in the areas of politics, security, trade, technology, innovation, investment, education and culture.
Special attention was paid at the meeting to enhancing cooperation in the fight against modern challenges and threats such as terrorism and extremism. The key issue is the early launch of peace process in Afghanistan.
There was also a an interaction in the field of secondary, vocational and higher education, expansion of the network of schools with in-depth study of the German language and development of ties with leading German universities.
During the visit, 9 intergovernmental and interdepartmental documents were signed in the fields of economics, trade, finance, education, science and innovation. In addition, agreements were reached on the implementation of new large-scale projects in partnership with the German companies Siemens, Thyssenkrupp, Claas, MAN, Knauf Gips KG, Volkswagen and others.
Earlier in the day, Shavkat Mirziyoyev and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier met at the Bellevue Palace in Berlin. The leader of Uzbekistan offered to establish a dialogue in the format “Central Asia + Germany” and invited Steinmeier to visit Uzbekistan. Steinmeier declared his readiness to visit Uzbekistan in the spring of this year.
There are 132 enterprises that operate in Uzbekistan with the participation of investors from Germany including 33 enterprises with 100 percent German capital and representative offices of 31 companies.