Seoul, 20 December 2021 (TDI): President of South Korea (Republic of Korea/ ROK), Moon Jae-in held a meeting with the President of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev. Shavkat Mirziyoyev was on a state visit to Korea.

The visit is significant as the Uzbek President aims to enhance bilateral ties. Next year will mark the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Uzbekistan. The focus of the visit was to promote cooperation in infrastructure development and resources and energy sectors.

Discussions pertaining to the establishment of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in Central Asia were also on the agenda. The two exchanged opinions to increase cooperation for prosperity in their respective countries.

A number of important agreements as well as MoUs were signed related to a wide array of fields; between the two countries, during this visit. However, the main focus was the cooperation in the health sector as well as the energy sphere.

Moreover, the two also focused on enhancing mutually beneficial collaboration in the field of rare metals and electric vehicles. The Uzbek President highlighted that Korea has shown the fastest economic recovery among the G20 countries by successfully overcoming COVID-19.

Furthermore, he pointed out that Uzbekistan is working on creating conditions to show great human potential. He enunciated that the two countries are making progress in the fields of health care and education.

In that regard, the first large-scale General Children’s Hospital opened in Tashkent last year. Besides, 5 university branch schools in Korea were established. The Korean President also visited 4 universities of Uzbekistan, in 2019.

The Uzbek President stated that his country is willing to expand mutually advantageous partnership, based on the New Northern Policy. He suggested that future cooperation between Korea and Uzbekistan be reviewed around the three tenets of the Korean version of the New Deal: digital, green growth, and safety net reinforcement.

The two counterparts also adopted the ‘Joint Statement for Deepening the Korea-Uzbekistan Special Strategic Partnership’ after the summit. 11 documents were signed on the occasion.