Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks during talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, Moscow, November 18, 2021
We are always glad to see you in Moscow. All communication between our foreign ministries is invariably conducted in a business-like and friendly atmosphere. We are pleased to note that our approaches to the main global and regional issues coincide or are very close. This fully applies also to the situation in Afghanistan. It is a matter of concern for everyone and we are actively working on this issue.
Next year, we will celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan. We set great store by the fundamental principles of alliance and strategic partnership that lie at the base of these ties. They have stood the test of time and are demonstrating positive trends across the board.
We have achieved impressive growth rates in trade. Industrial cooperation is being promoted vigorously and ties in the area of innovations and new technologies are being strengthened. Region-to-region and intersectoral collaboration is highly eventful. I would like to point to joint projects in education, culture and humanitarian area, which arouse much interest among our people.
Interparliamentary ties make progress and benefit from mutual enrichment. Our current meeting is being held on the eve of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s visit to Moscow. A major joint political statement on cooperation in international information security will be adopted during the visit. Yesterday and today, several important summit-related events took place with much success, including an interregional cooperation forum (which the presidents addressed via videoconference), an educational forum, and a media forum. Each of these forums was held for the second time and thus has become a regular component of our packed interstate agenda.
Eighteen documents aimed at further stepping up our cooperation in various areas are to be signed on the sidelines of the presidential meeting. I would like to single out the Agreement on Ensuring International Nuclear and Radiation Security and documents intended to strengthen cooperation in construction, energy, priority manufacturing and agricultural sectors.
Today, we will also make a contribution to the package of documents that will be part of the summit's results and will sign the Agreement between The Russian Federation and the Republic of Uzbekistan on Cooperation in International Information Security and the Memorandum of Understanding on Biological Security. These are two important aspects of developments in the modern world, which reflect these areas in our cooperation as well as risks and threats emerging in the cyberspace and in the biological security area.
We are planning to approve a programme of cooperation between our two ministries for 2022-2023. It is packed with events and sets the vector for a coordinated promotion of both the common interests of Russia and Uzbekistan and either country’s national priorities in the international scene.
I would like to reaffirm our invariable resolve to build up the versatile bilateral ties for the benefit of our nations and to strengthen cooperation within our common integration structures in the interests of peace and stability in and around Central Asia.