On October 8, 2022, a historically significant meeting between the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the European Council Charles Michel was celebrated in Tashkent, which is a turning point in the partnership between Uzbekistan and the European Union. This key event was accompanied by the signing of an important joint statement highlighting the transition of relations to a broader and more integral level. It should be noted that the President of Uzbekistan and Michelle emphasized the productive activities of joint mechanisms of bilateral and interregional cooperation and expressed their readiness to work together to improve the efficiency of using their potential and capabilities. It should also be noted that in 2023, the first EU-Central Asia tourism forum was held in Uzbekistan, where pressing issues and priorities of cooperation were discussed.
The common statement emphasizes the commitment of Uzbekistan and the European Union to strengthening open and constructive dialogue, as well as their readiness to promote greater regional cooperation. This cooperation is based on the principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect, trust and compliance with the fundamental principles of international law. All efforts are aimed at making Central Asia a region of peace, security, stability and sustainable development.
The joint statement signed during the meeting is an expression of the desire of both sides to deepen cooperation and development in key areas. Among them are trade and economic relations, ensuring security, maintaining stability and humanitarian aspects. The presidents emphasized their readiness to work together to improve the efficiency of using potential and opportunities, which contributes to the sustainable development of the region.
The first EU-Central Asia tourism forum was also held in Uzbekistan in 2023. This event made it possible to discuss current issues and priorities of cooperation in tourism, which is an important element in the development of regional relations.
It is important to note that the presidents expressed their readiness to promote greater regional cooperation and connectivity based on the principles of good neighborliness, mutual respect, trust and compliance with the fundamental principles of international law. These efforts are aimed at transforming Central Asia into a region of peace, security, stability and sustainable development.