Uzbekistan, Belarus hold first forum of regions

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TASHKENT (TCA) — A package of interregional agreements on cooperation was signed at the 1st Forum of Regions of Belarus and Uzbekistan held on July 30 in Minsk, Belarusian BelTA news agency reported.

Agreements on cooperation in trade, economic, scientific and technical, and humanitarian areas were signed between Belarus’ Gomel Oblast and Fergana and Xorazm regions of Uzbekistan, Grodno Oblast and Samarkand and Andijan regions, Vitebsk Oblast and Namangan Region, Brest Oblast and Bukhara and Sirdaryo regions. Similar documents were signed between Mogilev and Andijan and Jizzakh regions. The Minsk Oblast Executive Committee agreed on cooperation in the social sector with Tashkent Region. The action plan for 2019-2020 was signed to implement the agreement on trade, economic, sci-tech and cultural cooperation between the Tashkent municipality and Minsk City Hall.

The delegation of Uzbekistan was led by First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis (Parliament) Sadiq Safaev. The Uzbekistan delegation included representatives of Andijan, Bukhara, Jizzakh, Namangan, Samarkand, Xorazm, Fergana and Tashkent regions.

The Belarus-Uzbekistan relations have entered a qualitatively new phase across a wide range of relations, including political dialogue, economic cooperation, cultural and humanitarian ties, Safaev said.

“Our bilateral relations would not be full-fledged without cooperation between the parliaments. Today, parliamentary diplomacy plays almost the same role as intergovernmental relations,” he said.

The forum is part of the official visit of Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Belarus on 31 July–1 August.

Sergey Kwan

TCA