|November 21-November 28, 1998|
Oliy Majlis to hold next session on December 24
The Parliament of Uzbekistan, Oliy Majlis, has announced that it will hold the 13th session on December 24. The Oliy Majlis is going to discuss several drafts of documents such as
the State Budget for 1999, the Housing Code (second reading), law on entreprenurship and guarantees of entrepreneurs, law on investment activity, law on guarantees of lawyers
and their social protection (second reading), law on forestry, law on advertising (second reading), law on radiowaves, law on citizens's self-ruling organs, law on non-government
and non-profit organizations. Some of these drafts may be passed and become a law.
Cabinet of Ministers decree
President Islam Karimov, as the chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, issued a decree proclaiming
December 7, Monday, a day-off instead of Saturday, November 5 to make three consecutive
days-off along with Tuesday, December 8, which is a national holiday - Constitution Day.
Leader of Israeli aviation visits Tashkent
President of "Israel's Aviation Industry" Corporation Moshe Kereta visited
Tashkent on November 23 and met with President Islam Karimov. The Israeli corporation is a
leading one in the country and is specialized on manufacturing non-pilot flying devices,
space satellites and other electronic equipment. In the last three days the corporation has doubled
the volume of their sales. President Karimov is familiar with the corporation since his last visit to Israel
two months ago in mid-September. So Islam Karimov hoped that the corporation could establish
some contacts in Uzbekistan, particularly with the Tashkent Aircraft Factory and the National
Uzbek foreign minister on issue of Afghanistan
Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov
said here Tuesday that his country, like Iran, is interested in the establishment of
a broad-based government in Afghanistan to bring peace to the country.
Kamilov made the remarks upon his arrival in Tehran for a one-day visit to
discuss peace and stability in the region with Iranian officials, the Iranian official
news agency IRNA reported.
Uzbekistan and Iran, as two members of the 6+2 group (six neighbors of
Afghanistan plus Russia and the U.S.), hold common views on issues pertaining
to Afghanistan, he said.
Kamilov noted that he will also hold talks with his Iranian counterpart Kamal
Kharrazi on issues related to Tajikistan.
Kharrazi, who was present at the airport to greet the Uzbek foreign minister,
said that Uzbekistan is a populous country in the region, which has close ties
However, he said, it does not mean that the two countries hold identical views
on all issues, but the two sides can forge greater understanding in the course of
The Iranian minister said that in addition to issues pertaining to Afghanistan,
Tajikistan and the region, he will also discuss bilateral relations with Kamilov.
Iran and Uzbekistan, as two important countries in the region, should develop
closer ties, he said, adding that in bilateral talks the two sides will exchange
views on optimal utilization of the existing potentials of the two countries.
Iran, Uzbekistan call for broad-based government
Iran and Uzbekistan has called for the
formation of a broad-based government in Afghanistan through political
The appeal was made here Tuesday in the talks between Iranian Foreign
Minister Kamal Kharrazi and his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is
on a one-day visit to Iran.
Their talks also highlighted the need for regional cooperation to help end the
Afghan crisis, the Iranian official news agency IRNA reported on Wednesday.
The Afghan Taliban militia should respect the wishes of the international
community and implement the U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The two ministers expressed grave concerns over growing terrorism, insecurity
and illicit trade in armaments and narcotics in the region.
On bilateral ties, they said that both Tehran and Tashkent are determined to
enhance bilateral ties and consolidate regional cooperation.
Uzbekistan attaches particular significance to expanding its cooperation with Iran
in commercial, economic and telecommunications sectors, Kamilov said.
Kharrazi said the economic potential, geographical locations and the rich
resources of Iran and Uzbekistan go far beyond the present level of cooperation
and this demands further expansion of bilateral ties in various fields.
Kamilov arrived here on Tuesday and delivered a message from Uzbek
President Islam Karimov to his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Khatami.
Uzbek FM meets with Nawaz Sharif
Pakistan and Uzbekistan Thursday
agreed on the need to take steps to enhance bilateral cooperation in various
areas including trade, investment, banking, aviation, people-to-people contact
The consensus was reached Thursday morning during the talks between
Pakistani Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz and his Uzbek counterpart Abdulaziz
Kamilov, according to a press release issued by the Foreign Office.
The discussions between the two foreign ministers focused on the situation in
Afghanistan and ways to further enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas
between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, the release said.
On Afghanistan, the two foreign ministers agreed on the urgency of restoring
durable peace and stability in that country.
"This, they felt, would open up enormous possibilities of economic and
commercial cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan," said the release.
On the occasion, the two sides reiterated their complete support for efforts by
the United Nations and the Organization of Islamic Conference to bring peace
and normalcy to Afghanistan.
The Uzbek foreign minister said that his country wanted to work closely with
Pakistan for ending the Afghan conflict.
Uzbek FM, Taliban team meet on Afghan issue
Visiting Uzbek Foreign Minister
Abdulaziz Kamilov held a meeting here Thursday with an Afghan Taliban
delegation and invited them to attend the forthcoming meeting of the Six Plus
Two group in Tashkent.
"We informed the Uzbek Foreign Minister that we are ready to attend the Six
Plus Two group meeting if invited as government," Maulvi Wakeel Ahmed
Mautawakil, the militia's senior spokesman who is leading the delegation, told
the News Network International (NNI) after the meeting.
Terming the meeting, which was the first contact between the two sides, as "very
successful", Mautawakil said the two sides stressed the need for more contacts
in the future.
He said "we gave them example of our friendly ties with Pakistan and
Turkmenistan and made it clear that we have no problem with our neighbors."
"We do not interfere in others' internal affairs and expect that others should
respect the sovereignty and integrity of Afghanistan," he said.
The Taliban delegation also met Pakistani Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz on
Thursday and discussed with him matters relating to the Afghan problem.
They will meet officials of the United Nations here Friday, according to the NNI.
Pak PM calls for immediate peace in Afghanistan
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif
called Thursday for immediate restoration of peace in Afghanistan.
While meeting visiting Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Sharif
stressed the need for the immediate restoration of durable peace in Afghanistan
so that the enormous potential for economic and commercial cooperation
between Pakistan and Uzbekistan could be fully developed.
On the occasion, the prime minister expressed satisfaction at the growing
cooperation between Pakistan and Uzbekistan, according to a press release by
the Foreign Office.
Sharif also said that the two countries should try to further expand trade, airlinks,
people-to-people contacts and cultural exchanges.
The whole region would stand to benefit through the establishment of trade
routes, road and rail links, oil and gas pipeline projects, he noted.
The Uzbek foreign minister said his country attached the highest of importance to
its relations with Pakistan.
He delivered a letter from Uzbek President Karimov extending a cordial
invitation to Sharif to visit Uzbekistan.
Meanwhile, the foreign minister agreed with Sharif that Pakistan and Uzbekistan
shared many affinities which provided a sound basis for further enhancing
mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries.
He also held out the assurance that his country would work closely with Pakistan
for promotion of the Afghan peace process.
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