(MENAFN- Gulf Times) The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Dr. Bakhrom Aloev described the State of Qatar as a "reliable partner in the region," having close and distinguished relations, and common Islamic customs and traditions.
In an interview with Qatar News Agency (QNA), Dr. Aloev announced that his country will soon open an embassy for Uzbekistan in Doha, following the step taken by Qatar in opening an embassy in Tashkent, which reflects the extent of their bilateral relations have reached in recent years.
Opening an embassy of Uzbekistan in Qatar is of great importance now and Uzbekistan is planning to open it very soon, as the embassies will play a major role in bringing about a quantum leap in relations, he said.
In recent years, Uzbek-Qatari relations have developed in all fields, with cooperation developing significantly thanks to the political will of the two countries' leadership and the close relations that bind them, he added.
Over the last six years, the bilateral relations have developed tremendously through continuous, evolving political dialogue, the latest of which was the third round of political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar and the Republic of Uzbekistan in Tashkent on May 7, and the continuous exchange of visits between the two countries' officials, he stressed.
Dr. Aloev welcomed His Highness the Amir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani's visit to his country, describing it as an important step to enhance cooperation between the two countries in various fields, especially at the economic, trade and investment levels and other sectors that interest both sides.
Thanks to the great care by the President of Uzbekistan and His Highness the Amir, there is currently a great deal of interest in developing economic, trade, and investment relations between the two countries, he said.
Uzbekistan enjoys many investment opportunities while the State of Qatar has huge investment potential so it is possible to benefit from the close relations to develop great cooperation in this field, Dr. Aloev added.
His Highness the Amir's visit to Uzbekistan is vital as it will be an opportunity to sign many bilateral agreements in various fields. Relevant institutions in both countries have prepared for important agreements, including in economy, trade, and other promising areas of cooperation, Dr. Aloev highlighted.
He expressed his confidence that the future will witness great cooperation between the two countries due to several factors most importantly, the existence of the two leaders' political will, and the shared and close cultural relations, customs and traditions, which paves the way for further advancement of that cooperation.
Thanks to the wise and rational policy of His Highness the Amir, Qatar is one of the important countries in the Arab Gulf region, playing a major and prominent role in improving relations in the region. It also plays a vital role in the Arab world and the Middle East, contributes to the development of the economies of many countries, and resolves regional and international crises through its mediation efforts, he explained.
Qatar shares a similar role to Uzbekistan. The country serves as a pivotal country in Central Asia and has established strong relations characterized by good neighborliness with the surrounding countries, one of the priorities of Uzbekistan's foreign policy, under the directives of the President since 2016, he pointed out.
The Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs also spoke about cooperation with the State of Qatar in the region. he stressed that the two countries have similar positions on many regional and international issues, and the two sides have been cooperating for almost six years on the Afghan crisis and restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
In this regard, he appreciated the great role played by the State of Qatar in helping the Afghan people, providing relief aid, and financing development projects in Afghanistan, affirming that the Uzbek-Qatari "constructive and open" cooperation and coordination continues on the Afghan file.
Additionally, Dr. Aloev affirmed his country's desire to enhance cooperation with the State of Qatar within the framework of international organizations, such as the United Nations (UN), the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO).
During Uzbekistan's SCO presidency in 2022, the State of Qatar became a dialogue partner in the organization. The Uzbek-Qatari cooperation includes all other international fields, and the coordination and consultation between them will continue, he said.
Dr. Aloev also spoke about the great similarity between his country and Qatar's huge construction works and the infrastructure implemented, expressing his admiration for the tremendous development achieved by Qatar in this field.
Uzbekistan is following in the footsteps of Qatar in terms of large projects in all 14 of its regions. From this standpoint, there is a great convergence in the field of infrastructure between Qatar and Uzbekistan, he said.
Since the President Dr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev assumed the presidency in 2016, Uzbekistan has witnessed many changes and reforms. Many issues accumulated among Central Asian countries such as transportation, water and border issues were solved, he noted.
In addition to that, all problems with neighboring countries were resolved and a process of rapid integration is underway, with borders of neighboring all countries opened and issues of demarcating borders with many countries completed, he said.
Concluding his QNA interview, Dr. Aloev expressed his great admiration for the State of Qatar, where he previously served as a non-resident ambassador.
In October 2022, Doha hosted an Uzbek cultural week organized by the Katara Cultural Village Foundation, and there are current plans to implement a Qatari cultural week in Uzbekistan, he said.
He also referred to cooperation in the field of knowledge between the two countries. the Center of Islamic Civilization in Uzbekistan (CICU) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Qatar National Library (QNL) to collaborate in the efforts of documentary heritage promotion, preservation, and protection. Meanwhile, work is currently underway to activate and develop cooperation in the educational and scientific fields, and agreements are being prepared between Uzbek and Qatari universities to sign.
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