On 5 January, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoev held a telephone conversation with the Acting President of the Republic of Korea Hwang Kyo-ahn at the initiative of the Korean side.
Hwang Kyo-ahn congratulated Shavkat Mirziyoev with a convincing victory in the December 2016 presidential elections.
The two sides exchanged warm greetings on the auspicious date in the history of bilateral cooperation - the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Korea.
The heads of states with great satisfaction noted the high level of mutual trust, openness and understanding between the two countries, which serves as a basis for the comprehensive expansion of cooperation in political, trade-economic, financial, technical, investment, cultural and humanitarian fields.
They emphasized the particular importance of the large-scale project of Ustyurt gas chemical complex on the base of Surgil field, the official ceremony to mark the completion of which took place in May 2016 with the participation of Shavkat Mirziyoev and Hwang Kyo-ahn. The leader of Uzbekistan highly appreciated the personal contribution of the Acting President of the Republic of Korea in the implementation of multifaceted cooperation between the two countries.
During the substantive exchange of views on the prospects of Uzbek-Korean relations, the parties expressed mutual interest in expanding the number of joint high-tech projects in various fields.
In anticipation of the upcoming 80-anniversary of Korean Diaspora living in Uzbekistan, the sides emphasized their in the strengthening of friendly relations between the two countries and spoke about the need for early completion of the House of Korean culture and art in Tashkent.
Shavkat Mirziyoev and Hwang Kyo-ahn reaffirmed their commitment to the principles of the Joint Declaration on strategic partnership, signed in 2006, and stressed the importance of its further replenishment with qualitatively new content taking into account the existing considerable potential.
Shavkat Mirziyoev expressed Hwang Kyo-ahn and the people of the Republic of Korea the best wishes of wellbeing and prosperity in the New Year.
In turn, Hwang Kyo-ahn sincerely wished Shavkat Mirziyoev great success and achievements in his responsible state activities, and the people of Uzbekistan – peace and progress.