As has been reported earlier, on January 22 this year on the invitation of President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov the President of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev arrived in Uzbekistan on a State visit.
The first stop of the top-level guest was the city of Samarkand, where on January 22 he has been met by President Islam Karimov. The presidential plane of the Russian leader landed that day at the Samarkand International Airport decorated with national flags of the two countries.
The Uzbek-Russian relations are developing based on the principles of alliance and strategic partnership. The regular top-level meetings take the cooperation in trade, economic, investment, scientific, technical and humanitarian spheres up to a new level.
The economic interaction is of a particular significance for the relations between Uzbekistan and Russia. The hundreds of joint-ventures established along with Russian businesses are now operating in the Uzbek soil.
The sides regularly hold various business-forums, exhibitions and other events aimed at developing the trade, economic and investment cooperation. The two states also closely cooperate in the framework of international organizations.
In Samarkand accompanied by President Islam Karimov President Dmitriy Medvedev visited the Ulugbek Observatory, the Khaji Daniyar (the Holy Daniel) Mausoleum and Gur Emir, the burial site of the great commander and state figure of middle ages Amir Temur.
The Russian President is reported to have watched the renowned Registan Complex with admiration. The complex is one of the unique monuments of national architecture.
The Ulugbek, Sherdor and Tillakori madrassahs, which make up a single and beautiful complex, have left unforgettable impressions on President Medvedev, according to the reports by journalists who had accompanied the top-level guest and rest of the incoming delegation.
Also in Samarkand the presidents saw the permanently functioning exhibition of goods of national handicraft. In particular, Dmitriy Medvedev was keenly interested in the ancient methods of making the Samarkand paper.
The Russian President has been told about the history of national statehood, ancient monuments, as well as about that the city-building tradition has long existed in the Uzbek soil with science and crafts to have been developed yet many years ago.
Another site of interest for the top-level guest was the famous Siyab bazaar (market) in downtown Samarkand, according to the reports.
Following the sightseeing around the ancient and beautiful Samarkand Islam Karimov and Dmitriy Medvedev held their brief tête-à-tête talks in the Uzbek Leader’s Residence in Samarkand.
“I am sincerely glad to welcome You in the ancient city which has a deep history,” President Islam Karimov said. “All those who visit Samarkand want to come here once again. The aura of Samarkand is unique. And I hope that You are going to have the best impressions of Your meetings with people and of Your visit to our country.”
“I would like to thank You for the invitation to visit Uzbekistan,” President Dmitriy Medvedev said, responding to the welcoming comments by the Uzbek Leader. “This is a landmark event. Certainly, this city is a treasure of the world civilization both on its historical potential and historical events which had unfolded here.”
“The monuments of history of culture which we have seen will be cemented in our memories forever. It is a very beautiful city. I agree with You that a special air as well as aura prevail here. The atmosphere in the market that we have been together had much touched me. The people were open and sincere,” he added.
The late same day President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and President of Russia Dmitriy Medvedev arrived in Tashkent, the nation’s capital city.
On January 23 – the second day of his stay in Uzbekistan – Dmitriy Medvedev, following the official welcoming ceremony and tête-à-tête talks with his Uzbek counterpart at the countryside Residence of Durmen, has led his high-profile Russian delegation of ministers and range of high-ranking businessmen to a delegation-level talks in Oksaroy Residence in downtown Tashkent.
The delegation-level talks saw the discussion of state and prospects of bilateral cooperation between the two states in trade, economic, investment, and other vital areas and spheres of mutual interest.
After the talks the presidents spoke to journalists and answered the questions on a wide variety of topics and issues.
The Information Agency “Jahon” will report more on the second day as well as the main outcomes of the State visit by President of the Russian Federation Dmitriy Medvedev to Uzbekistan soon.
Ikboljon Soliev for the Information Agency “Jahon” in English. Pictured are the two leaders: President Dmitriy Medvedev (right) and President Islam Karimov in Samarkand. Photo: Courtesy Uzbekistan National News Agency