JAKARTA, 11 March 2014 – H.E. Le Luong Minh, Secretary-General of ASEAN received a courtesy call from H.E. Murod Askarov, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan on 11 March 2014 at the ASEAN Secretariat.

Secretary-General Minh welcomed the interest expressed by Uzbekistan in enhancing relationship and cooperation with ASEAN and ASEAN Member States and looked forward to closer collaboration and cooperation with Uzbekistan, including through region-to-region cooperation frameworks under the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Economic Cooperation Organisation (ECO) frameworks, of which Uzbekistan is a member. He also stated that there are potentials and opportunities for ASEAN and Uzbekistan to explore further cooperation. He said that ASEAN welcomes the accreditation of the Ambassador of Uzbekistan to ASEAN. Further, he briefed H.E. Askarov on the achievements in the ASEAN Community building and the development of ASEAN Community’s Post-2015 Vision.

H.E. Murod Askarov expressed his appreciation to Secretary-General Minh for the opportunity to meet and discuss ways and means for Uzbekistan to boost its relations with ASEAN. He stated that Uzbekistan would seek to enhance cooperation with ASEAN and ASEAN Member States, particularly in trade, investment, finance and tourism. Given the robust economies of ASEAN Member States and the potentials on both sides, the current two-way trade volume between Uzbekistan and ASEAN remained relatively low. He expressed Uzbekistan’s desire to pursue a form of partnership with ASEAN and invited Secretary-General Minh to pay an official visit to Uzbekistan at a convenient opportunity.

Secretary-General Minh and H.E. Murod Askarov also exchanged views on a number of current regional and international issues.