Paris, 22 November 2022 (TDI): President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev conducted an official visit to France at the request of President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, with his spouse Ziroatkhon Hoshimova, arrived in Paris on an official visit on 21st November. President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the heads of leading companies and financial structures in France during the official visit. 

Welcome Ceremony

In honor of the important visitor, the French Republican Guard troops formed a line on the square. A military orchestra played the two nations’ anthems. A solemn march by the Guard of Honor marked the ceremony’s conclusion.

Following the ceremony, the team from Uzbekistan traveled to the Elysee Palace, the French president’s house, where they met with Emmanuel Macron and Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Meeting between two Presidents

The Presidents of the two states exchanged views further to enhance the Uzbek-French mutually beneficial cooperation.

Both parties concurred that Uzbek-French relations should progress to a comprehensive high-level cooperation.

In the year of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and France, the leaders noted with satisfaction the dynamic development of bilateral ties.

They also emphasized on deepening of a broad political dialogue, the provision of mutual support as part of international organizations, and the promotion of inter-parliamentary dialogue.

The countries desired to advance their bilateral security cooperation and take swift action against new challenges and dangers.

It emphasized the significance of expanding trade, economic, and investment cooperation, notably boosting the amount of trade turnover and the number of collaborative projects and programs utilizing cutting-edge technologies.

Results of business meetings between Uzbekistan and France that were held on the evening of the visit, during which contracts and trade agreements worth more than 6 billion euros were inked, were highly regarded.

The significance of fostering relationships on a cultural and humanitarian level was underlined. The parties approved the establishment of French Alliance chapters in Samarkand.

They welcomed the second Uzbek-French educational forum, which will take place in Paris on November 27 and 28 this year. A deal was made to expand collaboration in teacher preparation for the French language.

Presidents also discussed current regional and international challenges.
The gathering was hosted in a welcoming, pleasant environment.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev extended an invitation to Emmanuel Macron to visit our nation whenever it would be suitable for him following their meeting.

Meeting with French National Assembly Head

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev met the Lower House of the Parliament – the National Assembly of France and held a meeting with the Chairperson of the National Assembly of France.

At Bourbon Palace in Paris on November 22, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of the Republic of Uzbekistan met with Yael Braun Piver, President of the French National Assembly. The leaders of the state conversed on contemporary global and regional challenges.

Regarding changes for increased democratization of social and political life, there was a discussion on how interparliamentary collaboration may be deepened.

The head of the French National Assembly was pleased with how far-reaching democratic reforms had come in Uzbekistan, particularly in terms of fostering parliamentarism, upholding and defending human rights and freedoms, and advancing gender equality.

President’s Visit to Louvre Museum

The presidents of the French Republic, Emmanuel Macron, and the Uzbek Republic, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and their spouses visited the Louvre Museum in Paris after holding high-level negotiations in the Elysee Palace.

The most comprehensive and priceless art collection is housed in the Louvre, one of the most prominent and most renowned museums in the whole world. Annual visitor numbers to the museum are over 10 million.

Following the agreements made during the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s trip to France in October 2018, the exhibition “The Splendors of Uzbekistan’s Oases. At the Crossroads of Caravan Routes,” honoring the most prosperous cultural legacy of our people, is being organized.

To strengthen the scientific and cultural connections between Uzbekistan and France, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev mentioned the necessity of arranging joint exhibitions of museums from both nations.

A suitable pact was signed between the Louvre Museum and the Uzbek Art and Culture Development Foundation.

Large-scale preparation work for the show has been done during the last three years. There were several joint France-Uzbekistan expeditions.

Numerous archaeological finds were made during these collaborative trips. Restoration work was carried out in phases by Louvre restorers and Uzbek professionals.

The spread of Islam, the Renaissance in culture and science in Central Asia, “From Avicenna to Genghis Khan,” “The Era of Great Empires: The Age of Timurids and the Shaibanids,” “The Middle Ages and the Flourishing of Art,” “The Middle Ages and the Flourishing of Art,” “The Spread of Islam, the Renaissance in culture and science in Central Asia,” and “The Era of Great Empires: The Age of Timurids and the

A total of 138 unique pieces from 16 institutions are included in the show, which spans more than 1,500 years of Uzbekistan’s history. Of them, 70 exhibits were collaboratively repaired specifically for it. 31 exhibits from significant museums in France, the United Kingdom, and the United States are also included in the collection.

In addition to learning about historical artifacts from the settlements of Dalverzin-Tepe and Khalchayan, wall paintings from the red hall of Varakhshi, carved panels from Kafar-Kala, pages of the Kattalangar Quran, a double-leaf door from the Mausoleum of Amir Temur, paintings with the likeness of ambassadors from Afrasiab, and other exhibits were shown to the exhibition’s first visitors, leaders of Uz Its history was thoroughly explained, including the eras, people, and events that led to their development and discovery.

The heads of state thanked everyone who helped with planning this important event in the cultural lives of the two nations, praising the excellent level of organization of the exhibition and the unique environment produced here.

It was noted that the Louvre exhibition further enhances long-standing historical links, goodwill, and mutual understanding between the peoples of France and Uzbekistan and between Europe and Central Asia. The exhibit will be on display till March 6, 2023.

Presidents’ visit to Arab World Institute

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and President of the French Republic Emmanuel Macron and their spouses visited the Arab World Institute in Paris.

The exhibition “The Road to Samarkand, Miracles of Silk and Gold” showcases the most affluent tangible cultural legacy of Uzbekistan from the 19th and 20th centuries. It was organised by the Institute and the Art and Culture Development Foundation under the Uzbek Cabinet of Ministers.

From November 23 of this year until June 4, 2023, more than 300 exhibits from the nine main museums in Uzbekistan will be made available to the general public for the first time in France.

The show features 24 paintings by the Turkestan and Russian avant-garde from the museums of Nukus, Samarkand, Bukhara, and Tashkent, as well as collections of textiles, apparel, footwear, headwear, and jewelry.

As part of the preparations, 89 pieces of jewelry were repaired. The Presidents were given a tour of the exhibition and comprehensive information on the displays.

The French side expressed delight for the items’ elegance and color, which spoke to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of our artisan forebears.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan’s official visit to France concluded at that point. President Emmanuel Macron and his spouse lovingly bid President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his spouse farewell.

Meeting with Business Community
On his visit to Paris, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Chief Executive Officer of the French Development Agency Rémy Rioux. The meeting between the President of Uzbekistan and AFD CEO Rioux Remy resulted in a fruitful outcome.

Uzbekistan and France decided to implement a Joint Cooperation Programme until 2025 worth ~ € 1 billion. The Programme aimed to implement important tech and PPP projects in the green economy, production, private sector, and many more.

Interactions with the representatives of the business community is an integral part of the Uzbek President’s visits abroad. 20+ leading Fench companies led by MEDEF (the first entrepreneurs’ network in France) were present at the meeting in Paris at Hôtel Four Seasons George V.

The companies in the meeting with Uzbekistan’s delegation included Airbus, Orano, Suez, Alstom, Total Eren, EDF, Schneider Electric, Natixis, Rothschild, and others.

Two-day visit concludes

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the president of Uzbekistan, has concluded his two-day official visit to France.

The CEO of the French Development Agency and representatives from this nation’s business community met with the head of state. The head of the French National Assembly was invited to a meeting.

The presidents of Uzbekistan and France met at the Elysee Palace for talks, and they and their spouses also visited the Louvre Museum and the Arab World Institute to view extensive displays of Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage.

The heads of state adopted a Joint Statement to create a thorough high-level partnership after the visit.

There were 14 agreements reached with the goal of improving ties between France and Uzbekistan. The Cooperation Program between Foreign Ministries for 2023–2024 and the Strategic Partnership Agreement with the French Development Agency are two of them.

Additionally, agreements were struck for the growth of public service, preschool, public and higher education, and cooperation in cultural and historical resources.

In addition to other fields, civil aviation, the battle against corruption, judicial professional development, and French language teaching have all seen the signing of documents.

Over 6 billion euros in bilateral agreements have been reached on the execution of priority projects of trade-economic, investment, and financial cooperation.

After the visit, representatives of the French government bid the distinguished visitor farewell at the Paris-Orly Airport. Uzbekistan’s president has left for Tashkent.

 

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