From left to right, Carlos Uriarte, Ricardo Ruiz de la Serna, José Luiz Izaguirre and Rakhmatulla Nurimbetov./ Photo: AR
Alberto Rubio. 20/03/2017
“2017 should be a turning point and a decisive year for relaunching relations between Spain and Uzbekistan,” said Paneuropa Juventud President, Carlos Uriarte, during the event organized by Uzbekistan Embassy to celebrate the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Uriarte lamented that, although Uzbekistan is the most populous country in Central Asia and a bulwark in the fight against jihadism, Spain does not yet have a resident Embassy in Tahskent and suggested that “it would not be too late for the King to prolong his next trip to Astana, to visit the Expo, also to the capital of Uzbekistan.
Uzbekistan and Spain established diplomatic relations on 18 March 1992, following the breakup of the Soviet Union. However, Spain has not yet appointed an ambassador to Tashkent – his affairs are being taken from the Embassy in Moscow – and Uzbekistan, although maintaining an Embassy in Madrid, has the residence of its head of Mission in Berlin.
At the conference, held in the framework of the Juan Sebastián Elcano talks at the Casino de Madrid, before a large audience, participated the secretary of the Uzbekistan Embassy, Rakhmatulla Nurimbetov, the director of the talks, José Luis Izaguirre and CEU-San Pablo University’s professor, Ricardo Ruíz de la Serna.
In his speech, the scholar emphasized the importance of the historical links between Spain and Uzbekistan since in 1403 the King of Castile Enrique III sent his ambassador Ruy González de Clavijo to the court of the Great Tamerlán.