Georgian Foreign Minister Davit Zalkaliani is on his first official visit to Uzbekistan on September 11-13. Today, he met with his Uzbek counterpart, Abdulaziz Kamilov, and pledged to deepen bilateral ties.
According to the Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), both countries are willing to deepen trade and economic relations. It also reported that Uzbekistan “is interested in using Georgia’s transit-transport potential, and the opportunities of the free trade agreement.”
The two foreign ministers also hailed tourism cooperation between their countries, especially after launching direct flights between Tbilisi and Tashkent. They agreed to elaborate a roadmap of bilateral cooperation as well.
“Uzbekistan is playing an important role in central Asia… It is important that this country is interested in Georgia’s transit potential, because there is a number of production in Uzbekistan, which might be taken to European market via Georgia,” Minister Zalkaliani said, adding that using Georgian ports as well as other transport networks would therefore be a priority for Uzbekistan.
At the meeting, the Georgian FM also briefed his Uzbek counterpart on the situation in occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia, and the Georgian government’s peace policy.