On August 8, the Center of Analysis of International Relations (AIR Center) and Uzbekistan's International Institute for Central Asian Studies jointly organized a roundtable themed “Azerbaijan-Uzbekistan: New Horizons of Cooperation”. The event took place with the participation of diplomatic missions of Central Asian countries in Azerbaijan, academicians and public representatives. At the end of the event, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on cooperation between the AIR Center and the International Institute of Central Asia was signed.
At the opening speech the AIR Center Chairman, Farid Shafiyev noted that Uzbekistan plays an important part in Azerbaijan's foreign policy. He mentioned that the visit of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev to Uzbekistan three times in 2022 has played an important role in the development of bilateral and multilateral relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan.
Deputy director of the International Institute of Central Asia, Sherzod Fayziyev noted that the most important driving force behind the development of cooperation is the trusting relationship between the two countries.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Azerbaijan Bahrom Ashrafkhanov mentioned that two countries are successfully cooperating in political, economic, cultural, inter-parliamentary and other fields.
The AIR Center Leading Advisor Naghi Ahmadov spoke about the role of the national leader Heydar Aliyev in the establishment and development of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Deputy Head of Department of the Eastern Europe, South Caucasus, West and Central Asia Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan, Zamin Aliyev noted that political relations between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan remain at the highest level.
Member of Parliament, Rauf Aliyev noted the importance of inter-parliamentary relations in the development of bilateral relations. He also added that Uzbekistan has always supported the territorial integrity of Azerbaijan.
The event participants mainly focused on the current state of cooperation between the two countries, defining of promising areas of bilateral and multilateral cooperation, as well as the development of specific proposals and initiatives for their implementation.