SOCIETY | 15:32 / 12.01.2024
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UK FCDO Minister Leo Docherty held talks with government officials in Uzbekistan to discuss strengthening cooperation

On January 10, the UK FCDO Minister responsible for relations with Central Asia Leo Docherty paid his second visit to Uzbekistan. 

The visit to Tashkent comes a month after hosting Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Bakhtiyor Saidov in London for the 5th UK-Uzbekistan Strategic Dialogue. Building on those talks, the parties discussed work to progress cooperation on energy, education links, counter-terrorism, and human rights. 

During his visit, Leo Docherty met a range of government officials in Uzbekistan, including Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs, Shavkat Rakhmonov, Deputy Minister for Mining Industry and Geology, A’zam Kadirkhodjaev, Deputy Foreign Minister, Muzaffar Madrakhimov. He visited the first British University in Uzbekistan – Westminster International University in Tashkent, to see first-hand the developing ties in education between the UK and Uzbekistan, a central pillar of the relationship. He was accompanied by the First Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and Innovations Komiljon Karimov.  

“The ties between the UK and Uzbekistan are going from strength to strength. Building on last month’s Political Dialogue in London, we’re working closer than ever to strengthen our cooperation on governance, security, climate change and human rights. The UK’s support for political stability, long-lasting reform and sustainable economic development in Uzbekistan is unwavering,” said Minister Docherty at the end of his visit.

He also visited Chorsu bazaar, to get a flavor of local culture.

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