A top EU official welcomed Uzbekistan’s agreement to enter a human rights dialogue with the European Union as "a step forward" on Monday as the bloc studied plans for closer ties with energy-rich Central Asia.
"In conditions of the dramatically-changing and complicated geopolitical situation in the world, Uzbekistan attaches great significance to forming an effective mechanism of consultations and exchange of information with the Egyptian side," Uzbek President Islam Karimov said during a meeting with Egyptian President Muhammad Husni Mubarak in Cairo, a Regnum news agency correspondent was told at the Uzbek Foreign Ministry on 20 April.
On 20 April Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Petras Vaitiekunas paid an official visit to Uzbekistan, where he was received by President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, Speaker of the Legislative Chamber of Uzbek Parliament Erkin Halilov and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov.
On 19 April Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Petras Vaitiekunas during his first official visit to Kyrgyzstan together with President of Kyrgyz Republic Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ednan Karabayev discussed a wide scope of bilateral relations, multilateral and regional issues.
Foreign Minister of Lithuania Petras Vaitiekunas met the Speaker of Legislative Chamber (lower house) of the Oliy Majlis (parliament) of Uzbekistan Erkin Halilov on 20 April.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov has warned against attempts "to distort the essence of enlightened, peace-loving and tolerant Islam, to provoke hostility towards our sacred religion and relate it to international terrorism".
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received Foreign Minister of Lithuania Petras Vaitiekunas at presidential residence Oqsaroy in Tashkent on 20 April.
Uzbek president receives WBA World Heavyweight Champion Chagaev
The role of political parties in state governance is the focus of a two-day international meeting that starts today in Bukhara. The event is jointly organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Uzbekistan and the Uzbek Foundation for Regional Politics.
The Integrated Air Defence System of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) begins command staff exercises on Tuesday, with primary attention to be devoted to control of the aircraft alert forces, Colonel Alexander Drobyshevsky, Assistant to the Commander-in-Chief of the Russian Air Force, has told Itar-Tass.