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Uzbekistan Delegation Engages in UNESCO Executive Council Session and Bilateral Meetings in Paris

Paris, March 30, 2024, The Europe Today: A high-level delegation from Uzbekistan, led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Muzaffar Madrahimov, actively participated in the 219th session of the UNESCO Executive Council held in Paris on March 26-27, as reported by media outlets.

During the session, discussions revolved around the preparations for the 43rd session of the UNESCO General Conference scheduled to take place in Samarkand in 2025. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan disclosed that significant progress has been made in organizing this prestigious event since the decision was made by the Uzbek government.

The management of UNESCO and member states expressed satisfaction with Uzbekistan’s preparations, acknowledging the pivotal role played by the government in ensuring the success of the upcoming conference. The recent presidential decree issued on March 15, 2024, pertaining to the arrangements for hosting the 43rd session in Samarkand, was particularly lauded.

In addition to the official engagements at the UNESCO Executive Council session, the Uzbekistan delegation held several fruitful meetings with UNESCO leadership to discuss the current state and future prospects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the organization. Specific details regarding the organization of the 43rd session in Samarkand were deliberated upon, reflecting Uzbekistan’s commitment to hosting a successful event.

Furthermore, bilateral discussions were held with key French officials, including Bertrand Bushwalter, Advisor for Continental Europe of the French President’s Administration, and Mélanie Rossel, Advisor to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs. These meetings focused on strengthening Uzbek-French cooperation across various domains, with an emphasis on enhancing trade and economic relations.

The visit to Paris underscores Uzbekistan’s proactive engagement in multilateral forums and its commitment to fostering bilateral partnerships for mutual benefit. As preparations for the 43rd session of the UNESCO General Conference continue, Uzbekistan remains dedicated to ensuring a memorable and productive event that showcases the country’s rich cultural heritage and commitment to international cooperation.