France and Uzbekistan

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Political relations

France and Uzbekistan established diplomatic relations on 1 March 1992. A series of intergovernmental agreements forming the basis for our bilateral relations was signed during President Karimov’s visit to France in 1993. France’s involvement in Afghanistan following the 11 September 2001 attacks contributed to strengthening political dialogue with Uzbekistan. After a slowdown following the adoption of European sanctions (2005-2009) because of suppression of demonstrations in Andijan, France is developing its relations with Uzbekistan through regular political dialogue and cooperation projects.

Visits

The Uzbek Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Abdulaziz Kamilov, who has been in office since 2012, has visited Paris several times and took part in the celebrations on 29 March 2017 of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and Central Asian countries. The French Foreign Ministers Laurent Fabius and Jean-Marc Ayrault visited Uzbekistan in March 2013 and April 2017 respectively.

Economic relations

Based mainly on a few major contracts, our trade has fluctuated since 2010 at around €200 million a year. Some 30 French businesses are present in the country. The regional headquarters of the Agence Française de Développement (AFD, French Development Agency) is situated in Tashkent. The AFD has begun a first project in Samarkand, in the field of waste management. A MEDEF International business confederation delegation visited Tashkent in May 2017 to identify new business opportunities.

Cultural, scientific and technical cooperation

The Alliance Française branch in Tashkent, which was created in 2015 after the closure of the Institut Français in Uzbekistan, is the French agency responsible for linguistic and cultural outreach. France also supports various major archaeological excavations and heritage restoration projects, including the renovation of the Ambassadors’ fresco in Samarkand that was inaugurated in 2017.

Updated: 19/12/17