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Remarks by the HRVP at the bilateral meeting with Abdulaziz Kamilov, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, announcing the formal launch of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement negotiations with Uzbekistan

Bruxelles, 23/11/2018 - 14:09, UNIQUE ID: 181123_4
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Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini at the bilateral meeting with Abdulaziz Kamilov, Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, announcing the formal launch of the Enhanced Partnership and Cooperation Agreement negotiations with Uzbekistan

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Thank you very much.

 

It is really an honour and a pleasure to receive my good friend and partner in this adventure, the Foreign Minister [Abdulaziz Kamilov, of Uzebkistan] to Brussels. I visited Uzbekistan twice this year [Samarkand, November 2017Tashkent,  March 2018] and this is, I think, the best signal, the best symbol of strengthened cooperation that is also part of a larger and broader engagement that the European Union and Central Asian countries have. The European Union is determined to support the very ambitious reform agenda that the President of Uzbekistan [Shavkat Mirziyoyev] has launched and that we discussed also now and I am very pleased that today we can formally launch negotiations for our new, ambitious and positive agreement with the Minister [Abdulaziz Kamilov]. I am sure that this will lead us to  increased cooperation and to benefits for both our citizens. So I am also pleased to hand over to the Minister [Abdulaziz Kamilov] our first draft on which our teams will now start to work.

 

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