Latvian President Andris Berzins leaves on an official visit to Uzbekistan today, May 27, and will meet with Uzbek President Islam Karimov in Tashkent, reports LETA.
Later, both presidents will participate in the signing of several Latvia-Uzbekistan agreements: the Latvian Culture Ministry's agreement with the Uzbek Culture and Sports Ministry on cooperation for 2014-2016, the economy ministries' agreement on cooperation in the field of renewable energy, and an intergovernmental agreement on abolition of visas for diplomatic passport holders.
Then Berzins will visit the Latvian Embassy in Tashkent, where he will unveil a memorial plaque to folklorist and composer Emils Melngailis. At noon, Berzins will participate in the opening of a Latvian-Uzbek business forum and visit the Uzbek state museum Temuridov. In the evening, Berzins will participate in an official dinner hosted by Karimov on the occasion of the Latvian president's visit.
On Thursday, May 29, Berzins will visit Samarkand. There he will visit several museums and participate in the signing of a cooperation agreement between the municipalities of Samarkand and Jurmala. In the afternoon, Berzins will attend the opening of an exhibition by Latvian painter Valdis Buss.
During the visit, Berzins will be accompanied by representatives from 49 Latvian companies. The Latvian business delegation will participate in a business forum in Tashkent and delegation members will have individual meetings with prospective cooperation partners in Uzbekistan.