(MENAFN- Trend News Agency) BAKU, Azerbaijan, June 7. Leo Docherty, British
Minister of State for Europe and North America has paid a visit to
Uzbekistan on June 6-7, 2023, with the purpose to strengthen
bilateral relations between the UK and Uzbekistan in the fields of
trade, security, defense, and other areas, trend reports.
During the visit, the minister met with several Uzbekistan
government officials. His meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs, Gayrat Fazilov, focused on bilateral relations, progress
of reforms, as well as key regional and international agenda items,
including the situation in Afghanistan.
Minister Docherty also met with Deputy Minister of Investments,
Industry, and Trade, Badriddin Abidov, to discuss bilateral trade
and investment relations, including the UK's support for
Uzbekistan's accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO) and
collaboration within the Effective Governance for Economic
Development program, funded by the UK and carried out by the World
"Uzbekistan is a very important partner for the UK. We are
expanding our close trade ties and cooperation in the fields of
education, governance, security, and climate change mitigation.
Last year, the UK and Uzbekistan celebrated the 30th anniversary of
diplomatic relations. I believe that our bilateral relations will
continue to develop positively," said the minister, following his
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