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Uzbekistan’s President and Saudi Foreign Minister Discuss Bilateral Relations

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan warmly welcomed Saudi Arabia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Prince Faisal Bin Farhan, to Tashkent on 15th April, 2024, Monday. The visit underscored the growing ties between Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia and highlighted the mutual commitment to strengthening bilateral relations and addressing regional challenges. During the meeting, Prince Faisal conveyed the greetings and well-wishes of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Salman and Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed Bin Salman to President Mirziyoyev. He expressed hopes for continued progress, prosperity, and stability in Uzbekistan under President Mirziyoyev’s leadership.

The discussions between President Mirziyoyev and Prince Faisal centered on deepening and expanding bilateral cooperation across various sectors. Both leaders emphasized the importance of enhancing trade and investment ties, fostering cultural and educational exchanges, and collaborating on infrastructure development projects. Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia have seen steady growth in their bilateral relations in recent years. The two countries have signed several agreements and memoranda of understanding covering areas such as energy, agriculture, tourism, and education. Saudi Arabia has also shown interest in investing in Uzbekistan’s burgeoning industries, including petrochemicals and textiles.

In addition to bilateral issues, President Mirziyoyev and Prince Faisal addressed current regional developments and the collaborative efforts needed to manage these challenges effectively. Both leaders stressed the importance of maintaining peace, stability, and security in the region and expressed their commitment to working together to address common concerns. Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia share common interests and concerns in the region, including the ongoing situation in Afghanistan, counterterrorism efforts, and promoting economic development and integration. The two countries have pledged to coordinate closely on these issues and support each other’s initiatives to foster regional cooperation and stability.

The visit by Prince Faisal Bin Farhan to Uzbekistan reaffirms the strong and growing partnership between the two countries. As Uzbekistan continues its path of reform and openness under President Mirziyoyev’s leadership, Saudi Arabia stands as a valuable partner in supporting its development goals and contributing to regional peace and prosperity. In conclusion, the discussions between President Mirziyoyev and Prince Faisal have further solidified the friendly ties between Uzbekistan and Saudi Arabia and laid the groundwork for deeper cooperation in the years to come. Both leaders have expressed optimism about the future of their countries’ relationship and the potential for mutual benefit and shared success.