The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, His Excellency Shavkat Mirziyoyev, received a ceremonial welcome at the Istana this morning and called on President Halimah Yacob. President Halimah and President Mirziyoyev reaffirmed the friendly ties between Singapore and Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations. President Halimah welcomed closer connectivity between Singapore and Uzbekistan including people-to-people ties and parliamentary exchanges. She also encouraged Uzbekistan to use Singapore as the gateway to engage Southeast Asia.

During his meeting with President Mirziyoyev, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong welcomed Uzbekistan’s interest to learn from Singapore’s experience in areas such as education, public administration and civil service training. Prime Minister Lee was updated on Uzbekistan’s development strategy and President Mirziyoyev welcomed Singapore companies to explore opportunities in Uzbekistan. The two leaders witnessed the exchange of eight Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) and Co-operation Agreements (see Annex).

President Mirziyoyev will depart Singapore for Tashkent this evening.

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Singapore