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Two experts in Strategic Studies and International Relations affirmed that the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's visit to the Republic of Uzbekistan as part of his Central Asian tour opens a new chapter in Arab and Central Asian relations and paves the way for a transitional phase in bilateral cooperation.
The two experts said, in remarks to Qatar News Agency (QNA), that the State of Qatar's approach to strengthening cooperation with Central Asian countries will benefit both sides, given both parties' enormous potential.
Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center in the Republic of Uzbekistan Eldor Tulyakov described the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's visit to his country as an important and strategic milestone bringing a quantum leap in the cooperation between Qatar and Uzbekistan.
Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center, a center established in 2017 by a decision of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, pointed out that there is a strategic direction in Uzbekistan to strengthen its relations with the Arab world, including the State of Qatar because of the common denominators it shares. H H the Amir's visit to Uzbekistan is of great importance to both countries as it would open the way for a comprehensive strategic dialogue on strengthening cooperation in economy, trade, energy, transport, culture, and other vital sectors, he highlighted.
Uzbekistan believes that the cooperation relationship with the State of Qatar is very important due to several reasons. This includes Qatar's international reputation, its extensive experience gained in the construction and infrastructure fields, and its comprehensive development process, mostly noted during its hosting of the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, he said.
Uzbekistan has a strategic vision for development and wants to benefit from the Qatari experience on how to overcome challenges on its journey toward comprehensive development, he added.
Executive Director of the Development Strategy Center, that provides consultations and studies to the Uzbek government, pointed out that the areas of cooperation with the State of Qatar have different dimensions. He stressed that the talks that will be held between H H the Amir and H E President of the Republic of Uzbekistan will give a strong momentum to enhance cooperation, activate the agreements and memorandums of understanding (MoUs), and conclude new agreements in all sectors and fields of interest to the two countries.
The Development Strategy Center reaffirms that strengthening cooperation between Uzbekistan and Qatar is vital, calling for both countries to take advantage of the enormous potential they enjoy to achieve many economic benefits by launching Qatari investment projects in Uzbekistan and benefiting from the incentives provided by the Uzbek government. Concluding his statement, Eldor Tulyakov said that the trade exchange figures between Uzbekistan and Qatar will increase after H H the Amir's visit thanks to the resolve of the leaderships of the two countries, who realize that the distinguished political relations must be translated into reality through joint cooperation in all fields.
For his part, International Relations expert Dr. Ahmed Muhammad Ghaith Al Kuwari said that the Amir H H Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's visit to Uzbekistan as part of his Central Asian tour establishes a new phase of relations to serve the two friendly countries and peoples. He explained, in a statement to QNA, that the State of Qatar and Uzbekistan have shown, in recent years, their determination to move forward in developing their relations at various levels. This is evident in the opening of the Qatari embassy in the capital, Tashkent, a few weeks ago, in conjunction with the third round of political consultations between Qatar and Uzbekistan.
Dr. Al Kuwari believed that building bridges of communication between Qatar and Uzbekistan and establishing commercial, agricultural, and industrial partnerships serves Qatar National Vision 2030 to achieve sustainable development that guarantees a decent life for its people, as well as coming generations.
He referred to the investment opportunities enjoyed by the Central Asian countries, their political stability, and their aspiration to form partnerships with the State of Qatar, expressing the importance of involving Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) and Qatari businessmen in investing in these countries. Many historical and civilizational common denominators unite the State of Qatar and Central Asian countries, he said. Qatar's wise leadership is taking deliberate steps to achieve the required balance in its relations and investment in these denominators to serve common interests, he added.
The countries see the State of Qatar as a reliable partner in light of its international presence, effective diplomacy, strong economy, and role in energy security, which stimulates the acceleration of cooperation and partnership at various levels that serve common interests.
Dr. Al Kuwari concluded saying that Qatar is confident that H H the Amir's visit will give bilateral relations a strong impetus and establish a new phase of cooperation and partnership.