Ambassador of Uzbekistan presented his Credentials to the President of Ireland
On 21 May, 2013 HE Mr Otabek Akbarov presented the Letter of Credence, appointing him as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Ireland with residence in London, to HE Mr Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland.
The ceremony took place at the President’s Palace Áras an Uachtaráin in Dublin. Mr Joe Costello TD, Minister of State for Trade and Development, Mr Adrian O’Neill, Secretary-General to the President, other Irish officials, as well as a group of school children were present. Ambassador Akbarov was accompanied by Mr Bakhtiyor Turayev, Attaché at the Embassy of Uzbekistan.
During a brief private meeting after the ceremony, Ambassador Akbarov and President Higgins discussed prospects of intensification and expanding cooperation between Uzbekistan and Ireland in all areas of mutual interest on bilateral and multilateral levels. President Higgins underlined the importance of appointment of the first Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Ireland which should contribute into a better knowledge and understanding of our country in Ireland, as well as opening a new page in bilateral relations.
The Ambassador Akbarov was escorted to and from Áras an Uachtaráin by an Escort of Honour consisting of a motorcycle detachment drawn from the 2nd Cavalry Squadron, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. The National anthem of Uzbekistan was played by the Army No 1 Band. A Guard of Honour was provided at the Palace by the 1st Infantry Battalion, Mellows Barracks, Renmore, Galway.
Ambassador Akbarov presents his Credentials to President Higgins
From left to right: Minister of State Costello, Ambassador Akbarov,
President Higgins and Attaché Turayev