Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili met with his Uzbek counterpart Abdulla Aripov in Tashkent on Tuesday, on his first official visit to the country, where he suggested that Tbilisi was interested in the increase of wine and mineral waters exports.
The PMs stated that bilateral trade volume grew by 18.5% in 2021 and reached 115 million dollars, with the possibility of further increase.
Garibashvili said that Georgia was one of the most significant transport corridors for Uzbekistan, as the former was involved in Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Railway, East-West Highway Construction and Reconstruction, Transport Routes via Black and Caspian Seas.
He stated that Georgia and Uzbekistan historically had “very sound and friendly relations.”
“It is a great honor for me to be in Uzbekistan. It is my first official Visit and I wish to primarily express my sincere gratitude to the Prime Minister for this warm welcome and hospitality. We – Georgia and Uzbekistan – have had and continue to have very sound and friendly relations. Nevertheless, my visit is aimed at further strengthening them, of course, to reach a different level,” Garibashvili said.
Aripov praised Garibashvili as an “experienced and energetic leader,” who had taken “effective measures” to develop the Georgian economy.