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Uzbekistan, Japan hold next round of political consultations

Monday, June 10, 2013 - 19:46

The successive expansion of constructive cooperation on a wide range of issues of political, trade, economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian cooperation were discussed by the representatives of the foreign ministries of Uzbekistan and Japan during the next round of consultations held in Tashkent, the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan reported on Monday.

During the consultations the Japanese delegation was headed by the Deputy Director General of the Bureau of European Affairs of Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Takeshi Hikihara. The Ambassador of Japan to Uzbekistan Fumihiko Kato participated in the political consultations.

The sides noted the progressive nature of the development of bilateral relations within the framework of the Joint Statement on friendship, strategic partnership and cooperation, which was signed in 2002.

The realization of agreements reached during the high level meetings and negotiations held in February 2011 in Tokyo, is considered to be a priority for both countries.

As it was emphasized, the official visit of Uzbek president Islam Karimov to Japan, gave a powerful impulse to bilateral relations and basically filled all directions of cooperation with a new practical content.

Today the volume of Japanese investments in the economy of Uzbekistan exceeds $2.3 billion. Japan invests in projects in the fields of railway transport, oil and gas, energy, mining, automobile industry, telecommunications, electronics, and textile industry.

The representative offices of such major Japanese corporations as "Mitsui", "Mitsubishi", "Itochu", and "Marubeni" are opened in Uzbekistan.

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