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Bilateral Cooperation between Uzbekistan and Germany
August 04th, 2014
News from Berlin - Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and German diplomat Cord Meier-Klodt met last week in Tashkent. The two were discussing political, trade and economic issues. The participants stressed also the issues on which the interests of both countries coincide, such as fight against terrorism, organized crime and drug trafficking.
Germany and Uzbekistan maintain friendly relations ever since the latter gained independence in 1991. Uzbekistan looks on Germany as its most important partner in the European Union. Up until mid-2002 however, Uzbekistan’s relations with other European countries were adversely affected because of Uzbekistan’s poor record of human rights violations. Financial problems and strained relations with the IMF also added to the European scepticism towards the country, even though it had still been maintaining positive relations with the USA and Western Europe. German investment in the area which set off in 2002 improved Uzbekistans economic prosperity and continues to do so. Some 99 companies with the German capital are operating in Uzbekistan today, and the major investors include MAN, Knauf and Claas. Uzbekistan, being also one of the major countries in the central-Asian region plays its role in promoting peace and freedom in the area.
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