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Saudi Crown Prince, Uzbek President Discuss Bilateral Ties in Jeddah

Saudi Crown Prince, Uzbek President Discuss Bilateral Ties in Jeddah

Friday, 19 August, 2022 - 05:15

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Jeddah on Wednesday at Al-Salam palace.

The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, in addition to reviewing a number of issues of common interest.

Following the talks, they witnessed the exchange of a number of bilateral agreements and memoranda of understanding between the two countries.

The agreements, worth over SR45 billion ($12 billion), include deals in Islamic affairs, energy, tourism, air transport services, livestock, agriculture, sports, education, science, and media.

The two countries also signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of human rights.

The deals aim to explore investment opportunities, advance the partnership between the Saudi and Uzbek private sectors, encourage and enhance mutual investments in a number of target sectors.

A number of senior officials from both sides attended the discussions.

This came as Uzbekistan's ambassador to Saudi Arabia Ulugbek Maksudov praised the relationship between Saudi Arabia and Uzbekistan, saying the Kingdom was one of the first countries to recognize the independence of Uzbekistan and sign a memorandum of understanding for the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992.

He hailed the Saudi Fund for Development role in supporting a large number of projects in Uzbekistan, stressing that one of the most important project has been the construction of the Samarkand-Gozar road, for which the fund has contributed $30 million of the total $100 million cost.

He said the Saudi Fund for Development has also helped funding the construction of schools and medical centers, and drilling wells in the country, in addition to projects in healthcare, education, energy, transport and public utilities development in Uzbekistan.

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