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Political and diplomatic ties
In 1402 the great ancestor of the Uzbeks Amir Temur and his son Miranshah wrote letters to the King Henry IV of England offering to establish friendship relations between our nations and develop trade affairs. Thus, Amir Temur had sent as his envoy to English and French courts a Christian Archbishop John from Sultaniya (modern Iran). After a while, Henry IV sent his reply messages and expressed readiness for cooperation with Empire of Temurids. It is possible to consider this correspondence as one of the first facts of official diplomatic communications between our two nations, though it is known that the trade relations were developed very long before - owing to the Great Silk Road.
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland recognized State Independence of the Republic of Uzbekistan on 31st December 1991. Diplomatic relations were established on 18th February 1992.
Ambassador Plenipotentiary and Extraordinary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland HE Mr. Otabek Akbarov presented his credentials to HM the Queen Elizabeth II on 4th December 2007. Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Uzbekistan HE Mr. Iain Kelly presented his credentials to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan HE Mr. Islam Karimov on 8th June 2007.
Visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan HE Mr. Islam Karimov to the United Kingdom in November 1993 was an important step in development of bilateral political dialogue and mutually beneficial relations. Four bilateral agreements signed during this visit, together with 3 documents signed earlier in Tashkent by Mr. Douglas Hurd, then British Foreign Secretary, created legal foundation for cooperation in many important areas.
Today, the number of bilateral interstate agreements reached 13 covering all main directions. Two sides are continuing to work on widening the legal basis to strengthen ties and encourage new avenues for interaction.
During last two years, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom have been taking steps for more active political dialogue on issues of democratic development, judicial and penal system reforms, regional security and climate change. There were 6 different level official delegations from UK visited Uzbekistan in 2007 and 4 visits by representatives of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to our country in 2008.
From the Uzbek side there were organized visits by Deputy Minister of Agriculture Mr. Juraev (May 2006), Chairman of UzbekTourism Mr. Kurbanov (June 2006), Minister for Foreign Economic Relations, Trade and Investment HE Mr. Elyor Ganiev (November 2007). In April 2008 the official delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs visited London and held political consultations with colleagues at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on wide range of important topics. In the framework of the investment conference “New Opportunities for Business in Uzbekistan: the Environmental Sector, including CDM” held in London on 17 October, 2008, the economic delegation headed by Deputy Minister of Economy of Uzbekistan Mr. Shokir Fayzullaev visited the United Kingdom.