Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during an international conference on “Central and South Asian Regional Connections, Challenges and Prospects” in Tashkent.
Highlighting the importance of establishing an embassy of Uzbekistan in Bangladesh, Foreign Minister Abdul Momen said that the launch of direct flights between Dhaka and Tashkent would create a new dimension in bilateral relations. The President of Uzbekistan listened to the proposal seriously and promised to consider it. The Uzbek foreign minister, who was present at the meeting, called for the necessary steps to set up a new embassy in Dhaka.
The Foreign Minister conveyed the greetings of President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. He also handed over an invitation from President Abdul Hamid to visit Bangladesh in December this year. Shavkat Mirziyoyev accepted the invitation and promised to visit Bangladesh as soon as possible.
The meeting discussed economic benefits and connectivity with Asian and Central Asian countries.
Mentioning that the young generation in Bangladesh is playing a major role in social and economic development. Momen said they are taking part in various democratic and voluntary activities. Besides, the meeting discussed fruitful issues to enhance the social and cultural ties between the two countries historically.
The Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen thanked the President of Uzbekistan for organizing such a conference on Central and South Asian connectivity with the participation of about 40 countries. The two countries also expressed hope that regional contacts would be strengthened through this conference.
The two-day high-level international conference was aimed at building a multifaceted political and expert platform for the development of strategies of mutual interest, including transport, logistics, energy, trade, industry, investment, technology and culture of Central and South Asian countries.