The President of Uzbekistan and the Prime Minister of Malaysia note the importance of bringing bilateral relations to a qualitatively new level

    Uzbekistan 17 May 2024 2676

    The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim held talks with the participation of official delegations of the two countries.

    The head of the Malaysian government conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to the Leader of Uzbekistan from the King of Malaysia Sultan Ibrahim, expressing sincere gratitude for the warm and hospitable welcome of the Malaysian delegation.

    During the talks, issues of further enhancing friendly relations and multifaceted partnership between Uzbekistan and Malaysia were considered.

    The President of Uzbekistan emphasized that this high-level visit, the first in 16 years, opens a new era in bilateral relations.

    “Malaysia is a dynamically developing state with great potential in the Southeast Asia region and throughout the world. Our main goal is to bring practical cooperation with your country to a qualitatively new level”, the President of Uzbekistan emphasized.

    The importance of further strengthening the political dialogue and inter-parliamentary relations, continuing mutual support within the framework of international organizations, implementing humanitarian and educational programs, and intensifying tourism and cultural exchange were noted.

    Particular attention was paid to issues of practical interaction in trade, economic, and investment spheres.

    Last year, trade turnover more than doubled, the number of joint ventures is increasing, and the frequency of flights between Tashkent and Kuala Lumpur is increasing.

    It was noted that ensuring volume growth and achieving a balance in the indicators of mutual trade and the implementation of large joint projects are important.

    Confidence was expressed that the results of the Uzbekistan – Malaysia Business Forum as part of the business program of the visit will serve to enhance investment partnerships, cooperation of leading companies in innovation, industry, green energy, petrochemicals, electrical engineering and electronics, pharmaceuticals, and other industries.

    To support these efforts, readiness was expressed to create Uzbekistan – Malaysia Industrial Zone in Uzbekistan.

    Issues of cooperation in agriculture were considered, including introducing water-saving technologies, cultivating and processing fruits and vegetables, and certification according to Halal standards.

    Issues of enhancing interaction in information technology, poverty reduction, and transport connectivity were discussed.

    To systematically expand the trade and economic cooperation agenda, the need was stated to transform the existing joint Trade Committee into an Intergovernmental Commission, with its first meeting to be held this year.

    The decisive attitude towards further intensification of cultural and humanitarian exchange was confirmed.

    The importance of increasing cooperation in training and advanced training of personnel in energy, Islamic finance, ecology, artificial intelligence, and tourism, as well as strengthening scientific and practical ties in healthcare, was emphasized.

    The rapid growth in the flow of Malaysian tourists to Uzbekistan was noted to be highly satisfactory. Measures were discussed to implement joint pilgrimage tourism programs, including promoting the “Umrah Plus” project, to strengthen the dialogue between the two countries’ youth.

    The leaders also exchanged views on current issues of regional interaction in Central and Southeast Asia and Afghan issues. They noted the high level of mutual understanding and the importance of continuing mutual support within the UN, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Non-Aligned Movement.

    It was proposed to consider creating a dialogue platform for foreign ministers in the “Central Asia plus ASEAN” format.

    Following the talks, which took place in a trusting, open, and friendly atmosphere, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Prime Minister of Malaysia signed a Joint Statement on deepening multifaceted cooperation.