Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept.26/ Trend, D.Azizov /
Uzbekistan and Latvia are interested in enhancing bilateral trade, as well as deepening of cooperation in investment sphere attracting wide business circles of the two countries. It was discussed at a meeting between the Uzbek Foreign Ministry's leadership and Deputy Speaker of the Latvian Saeima Andrejs Klementjevs held on Tuesday, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.
Andrejs Klementjevs headed a parliamentary delegation, which arrived in Tashkent on a visit.
The conversation, which was attended by Latvian Ambassador to Uzbekistan Igors Apokins, stressed that an important component of bilateral political contacts are inter-parliamentary ties between the Oliy Majlis and Saeima. Parliamentary group for cooperation, established at the parliaments of both countries allows actively developing cooperation in this direction.
Both sides also exchanged views on regional and international issues.
On the same day, Latvian parliamentary delegation met with the Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Uzbek Oliy Majlis Diloro Tashmukhamedova and Senate Chairman Ilgizar Sobirov.
During the negotiations, it was noted that the relationship between Uzbekistan and Latvia have been developing in many areas, including in the parliamentary system.
Uzbek-Latvian relations are based on positive experience of cooperation in all spheres accumulated for many years. Exchange of visits at different levels contribute to the deepening of relations in the political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres.
Creating groups of inter-parliamentary cooperation in the Oly Majlis of Uzbekistan and Latvia's Saeima has helped to promote contacts at the level of the countries' parliaments, as well as exchange experience of legislative activity.
During the negotiations, the sides discussed issues of further development of inter-parliamentary and economic cooperation.
In particular, it was noted that Latvian companies specializing in engineering, transit cargo traffic, high technologies are interested in promoting their business in the Uzbek market.
As it was previously reported, bilateral trade turnover grew by 44 percent and reached $192.5 million in 2011. Regular freight transportation began from Riga via the Navoi transcontinental intermodal hub in late 2011. This opened prospects for contacts between business circles, as well as logistical structures.