Meeting of the party-military parliamentary group on Uzbekistan held in London
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- On 11 February 2020, the first meeting of the new composition of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Uzbekistan (APPG) was held in the British Parliament, which was attended by deputies of both houses of parliament, State Minister of the British Foreign Office for American and European Affairs Christopher Pincher and Ambassador of Uzbekistan Said Rustamov.
During the event, parliamentarians elected members of the APPG leadership, heard assessments by the British Foreign Ministry and the Embassy of Uzbekistan on the state and prospects of Uzbek-British cooperation, and identified priority areas for the work of the All-Party Parliamentary Group.
The head of the APPG was re-elected a member of the House of Commons from the Conservative Party, Andrew Bridghen, his deputies included a number of authoritative members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons of the country's parliament.
The ambassador in his speech spoke in detail about the large-scale modernization processes in Uzbekistan, its open and constructive foreign policy, as well as new opportunities for the development of Uzbek-British relations. The British parliamentarians were also familiarized with the main provisions and priorities of the development of the republic, outlined in the Message of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev Oliy Majlis.
British Deputy Foreign Minister Christopher Pincher noted UK support for the program of deep reforms in Uzbekistan, British interest in expanding bilateral multifaceted cooperation.
APPG members, among whom were international observers for the December 2019 parliamentary elections in Uzbekistan, welcomed the significant changes in the republic that open up new prospects for mutually beneficial and long-term cooperation between Uzbekistan and the UK. The parliamentarians expressed their readiness to provide practical assistance to the development of the British-Uzbek dialogue, including along the interparliamentary line.
All-Party Parliamentary Group on Uzbekistan (APPG) - The British-Uzbek Friendship Society in the British Parliament was founded in 2009 with the goal of promoting inter-parliamentary relations and, in general, Uzbek-British relations. The group includes deputies of both houses of parliament, as well as representatives of all political parties in the country.