Japan and Uzbekistan have agreed to work closely together to promote the open and stable development of Central Asia.
Japan’s Foreign Minister Motegi Toshimitsu and Uzbekistan’s Deputy Prime Minister Sardor Umurzakov met for about an hour in Tokyo on Tuesday to discuss ways to strengthen relations.
Motegi said Japan aims to expand and deepen the strategic partnership between the two countries in various areas, while responding to difficult circumstances around COVID-19.
Umurzakov said Uzbekistan hopes to boost economic ties with Japan.
Motegi noted the importance of a free and open international order, and said Japan will contribute to Central Asia’s “open, stable, and self-sustained” development.