BAKU, Azerbaijan, Mar. 9
By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:
Latvia plans to take practical steps aimed at a significant intensification of mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbekistan, Trend reports referring to the Embassy of Latvia in Uzbekistan.
The mentioned issue was discussed by the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Latvia Kadambay Sultanov and the Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Latvia Dana Goldfinca via videoconference.
According to the information, the parties discussed the prospects for Uzbek-Latvian cooperation in the political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian spheres, the course of preparation for upcoming bilateral contacts at various levels and issues of interaction within the UN and other international multilateral structures.
The advisor to the head of the Latvian government was familiarized with the key provisions of the address of the president of Uzbekistan to the Oliy Majlis (Parliament) on further reform and modernization of the country, as well as the consistent implementation of democratic reforms that have become irreversible and sustainable.
The parties particularly noted the thorough preparation for the next round of inter-ministerial political consultations and the meeting of the Intergovernmental Commission on Economic, Industrial, Scientific and Technical Cooperation.
Thus, information on the efforts of Uzbekistan to obtain the status of a beneficiary of the GSP + system by Uzbekistan, which allows duty-free import of 6,000 items of domestic goods into the EU countries, have been presented.
During the talks, the official stated Latvia's commitment to taking practical steps aimed at a significant intensification of mutually beneficial cooperation with Uzbekistan.
In addition, Dana Goldfinca agreed with the opinion on the importance of the soonest resumption of regular flights of Uzbekistan Airways on the Tashkent-Riga-Tashkent route, interrupted due to COVID-19 pandemic.
According to her, this will contribute to the expansion of business contacts, an increase in trade and activation of tourist exchanges.
She also noted the readiness of Latvia to support the aspirations of Uzbekistan for the obtaining of the status of a GSP + beneficiary country and signing the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (EPCA) with the European Union was emphasized.
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