Brussels 22.10.2021 “Resilience, prosperity & supporting regional cooperation – these are the priorities set out in the EU-Central Asia Strategy, which remain today more relevant than ever to guide our regional engagement for post-pandemic recovery. Good to jointly discuss their implementation today” wrote on his Twitter micro blog the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell. (Image: Dushanbe, Parliament)
Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov will attend the 17th EU-Central Asia Ministerial Meeting on November 22 in Dushanbe, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.
The current cooperation between the European Union and the Central Asian countries and its prospects, progress of implementation of the EU strategy for Central Asia will be discussed.
The Ministerial Meeting will consider prospects of cooperation and ways to enhance effectiveness of regional cooperation, international and regional policy issues.
On 4 May, the EU top diplomat Josep Borrell held a phone call with the Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulaziz Kamilov, to discuss the global response to the coronavirus pandemic, the EU’s support to Uzbekistan in respect of this challenge, the EU-Uzbekistan bilateral agenda, and broader regional issues relating to Central Asia.
The head of the EU diplomacy passed a message of European solidarity with Uzbekistan in the face of the common challenge represented by the coronavirus pandemic. Borrell outlined the measures that the EU has prepared for Uzbekistan and the other countries of Central Asia to assist their efforts to tackle the pandemic and its impact.
As part of the EU’s global response to the coronavirus outbreak, a support package of €36 million will assist Uzbekistan in addressing immediate needs in the health sector and in its short- and long-term socio-economic recovery. The EU High Representative and the Foreign Minister discussed the importance of enhanced regional cooperation to cope with the pandemic and its repercussions.
Borrell also thanked the Foreign Minister for his government’s assistance in facilitating the repatriation of EU citizens from Uzbekistan.
High Representative Borrell and Foreign Minister Kamilov also discussed EU-Uzbekistan relations. They confirmed their ambition to conclude negotiations on an Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement as soon as possible. Borrell expressed the EU’s support for Uzbekistan’s application to become a member of the World Trade Organisation (WTO).