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Today, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Riigikogu (Parliament of Estonia) Marko Mihkelson together with his Latvian counterpart Rihards Kols will travel to Uzbekistan to observe the presidential elections there and meet with the leaders of the country.

Mihkelson said that Uzbekistan was an important country in a strategically important region which was influenced by the interests of China and Russia as well as the events in Afghanistan. “Stability in Central Asia is also in the interests of the security of Estonia,” he underlined.

During the visit, which will take place from Sunday to Tuesday, the Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees wish to get an overview of the current situation in the country and its political and economic developments. In Tashkent, Mihkelson and Kols will meet with First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis (Parliament) of Uzbekistan Sodiq Safoev, First Deputy Speaker of Legislative Chamber of Oliy Majlis Akmal Saidov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bahtiyor Saidov and Minister of Higher Education and Innovation Ibrohim Abdurakhmanov. They will also have meetings with Minister of Investments, Industry and Trade Laziz Kudratov and Minister of Transport Ilkhom Makhkamov.

The Chairmen of the Foreign Affairs Committees plan to meet with the leaders of the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of Uzbekistan and the International Institute for Central Asia. Mihkelson and Kols will also have meetings with the Special Representative of the President of Uzbekistan on Afghanistan and the Mayor of Tashkent.

Riigikogu Press Service
Karin Kangro
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