Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and Spain held the sixth round of political consultations between the two countries on February 26 in Tashkent.
The delegations were headed by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, Dilshod Akhatov, and the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs, Fernando Valenzuela. The meeting analyzed concrete measures to further strengthen relations between the two countries. Both sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues.
Both sides agreed that the Uzbek-Spanish association received a remarkable boost in the meeting held in Astana in June 2017 by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and King Felipe VI. They confirmed their interest in the participation of Spanish companies in high-tech industrial projects in Uzbekistan, noting especially sectors such as agriculture, electric power, chemistry, construction, pharmaceutical, engineering, textile and food industry and tourism, among others.
The Uzbek-EU relationship plays an important role in bilateral relations, taking into account the active role of Spain in the European Union. The Spanish side supported the start of negotiations for a new extended Association Agreement, as well as the entry of Uzbekistan into the World Trade Organization.
At the end of the political consultations, the parties signed the Cooperation Program between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the two countries for 2019-2020.