US to assist Uzbekistan in accession to WTO

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US to assist Uzbekistan in accession to WTO

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — A US delegation led by Assistant US Trade Representative for Central and South Asia Mark Linscott held talks at the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan on 14 December 2017.

The American side highly appreciated the meeting of the Council of the framework agreement on trade and investment between the countries of Central Asia and the USA (TIFA) held in Almaty (Kazakhstan) on 12 December 2017.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan, the parties discussed issues of Uzbekistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The parties considered issues related to Uzbekistan’s membership in the US General System of Tariff Preferences and Legal Protection of Intellectual Property.

The US delegation showed its readiness to assist in solving technical issues in the process of Uzbekistan’s accession to the WTO.

During the meeting, an agreement was reached that permanent contacts between the officials of the Ministry of Foreign Trade of Uzbekistan and the office of the US trade mission will be established to effectively solve the above issues.


Source  :  UzDaily

Uzbekistan adopts program on improving activities of museums till 2027

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Uzbekistan adopts program on improving activities of museums till 2027

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — Uzbekistan adopted a program on improving the activities and strengthening the material and technical base of state museums for 2017-2027.

On 11 December 2017, the government of Uzbekistan issued a resolution, which approved the program.

As part of the program, Uzbekistan plans to build, reconstruct, repair and equip the museum in all regions of the country.

The government created the Republican Commission for Coordination of Program Execution. The commission was headed by First Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari JSC Acilbay Ramatov.

As part of the program, it is planned to revise the concepts of all museums, taking into account domestic and foreign experience, as well as to introduce measures to improve the safety and security of exhibits.

Measures will be taken to improve the quality of visitor services and create conditions for visiting museums by persons with disabilities.

The program includes measures to establish state museums-reserves in Kashkadarya, Surkhandarya, Navoi and Ferghana regions. It is also planned to improve the activities of existing museums-reserves in Bukhara, Samarkand and Khiva.

The program stipulates opening of 7 new museums, reorganization of 21 museums and closure of 33 museums. To implement the program, it is planned to direct 572.354 billion soums.


Source  :  UzDaily

President al-Assad receives Russian official delegation headed by Rogozin

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Damascus, SANA_ President Bashar al-Assad received on Monday a Russian official and economic delegation headed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister, Dmitry Rogozin.

President al-Assad said that the continuous victories achieved in the fight against terrorism in Syria provide the necessary conditions for accelerating and strengthening the process of reconstructing what has been destroyed by terrorism in many Syrian regions, which should open wide economic prospects and further opportunities for cooperation between Syria and Russia.

He added that in view of the historical relations between the two friendly countries and peoples and the honorable positions adopted by Russia towards Syria and its people, which have been consolidated in the framework of confronting the terrorist war against Syria, it is natural for Russia to be an important partner in the process of reconstruction in various sectors.

For his part, Rogozin underlined the significant progress in Syrian-Russian economic cooperation and the efforts exerted by the Syrian-Russian Joint Committee for expanding this cooperation further to benefit the peoples of the two countries.

He stressed that Russian government and companies are always ready to provide all support and expertise available to contribute effectively to the process of rebuilding Syria and supporting the Syrian people to achieve their aspirations of progress and prosperity.

The Russian delegation includes Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Defense, Economic Development, Energy, Transport, Industry, and Trade, in addition to the Russian Ambassador in Damascus and directors of prominent Russian companies.

The meeting was attended by Syrian Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign and Expatriates Minister Walid al-Moallem, along with the Ministers of Finance, Petroleum, Electricity, and Transport, in addition to the Secretary of the Prime Ministry, the Assistant Foreign and Expatriates Minister, and Deputy Chairman of the Planning and International Cooperation Commission.

Ghossoun / Hazem Sabbagh


Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

President al-Assad: War on terrorism will only end when the last terrorist in Syria is eliminated

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Damascus, SANA – President Bashar al-Assad said that the war on terrorism will only end when the last terrorist in Syria is eliminated, affirming that significant strides have been made in the war on terror by eliminating the main hotbeds of Daesh (ISIS).

In a statement to journalists on Monday after a meeting with a Russian official and economic delegation headed by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, President al-Assad said that Syrian-Russian relations date back to more than six decades, and they had always emphasized the political aspect, but in the current circumstances of war emphasis focused more on the political and military aspects, which means that economic relations did not receive the due attention during past decades.

He said that during the previous visit by Rogozin, a number of priorities for improving economic relations have been set, and in the time between these two visits there have been achievements on the ground as a number of Russian companies started work on a number of projects, just as the security situation improved and the Syrian economy started to move forward.

“This visit is an opportunity to promote existing projects and the sectors in which we started work, and at the same time expanding towards new sectors that we had not set as priorities two years ago. So, the delegation today is large and diverse and covers various fields, and very important projects have been proposed for Russian investments in Syria, particularly since we started the reconstruction stage now. At the same time, we talked about heading east in our economic and cultural relations and other fields, and of course when we talking about heading east, Russia is one of the most important countries in it,” President al-Assad said.

His Excellency said that the main difference between the Geneva conference and the Sochi conference that is being worked on with the Russian friends is based on two things: first, the quality of figures or sides participating in it, as in Geneva the people with whom negotiations are held do not represent the Syrian people, and sometimes they don’t even represent themselves. Second, in Sochi there are clear issues related to the constitution and what comes after it such as elections, adding that the Sochi conference will discuss everything as there are no limits to the subjects it will tackle.

“With that, I’m talking about things that are still preliminary, so the difference between them cannot be specified until after matters are completed, but we certainly believe that anything is better than Geneva, because Geneva hasn’t achieved anything after three years,” he added.

Regarding talk about the United Nations playing a role in parliamentary elections, President al-Assad said that this issue will be tackled at Sochi where the constitution will be discussed in terms of it being suitable or if it needs amendments or a new constitution, noting that when there are constitutional amendments, it is natural to have elections.

“The issue of international supervision has been proposed, and specifically a UN role has been proposed in discussions with us by various sides. We said that Syria is a founding member of the United Nations, and any UN role in the upcoming elections must be based on the UN Charter which emphasizes Syria’s sovereignty and the Syrian people’s decision. So, we’re not worried about any UN role, and we can say that we welcome any UN role as long as it respects Syrian sovereignty, as anything that impinges on this sovereignty is rejected. This should be obvious today, later, and at any time,” His Excellency said.

In response to a question about the actions of Kurds in the eastern area and their cooperation with the Americans, President al-Assad said that it’s not right to say that a Syrian group – whether ethnic or religious – has a uniform characteristic, because this makes no sense since all groups are diverse, and the various groups in Syria have the good and the bad, so talking about “Kurds” is imprecise as there are various groups in the eastern region working with foreign sides, specifically the Americans.

“This isn’t me saying that; they declare that they work under cover of the American warplanes and in coordination with them. They marketed and published photos and videos about this issue. All those who work under the command of any foreign country in their own country and against their army and people are traitors, quite simply, regardless of their names, and that is our evaluation of the groups that work for the Americans in Syria,” the President said.

He stressed that the war on terrorism isn’t over yet; it is still ongoing, but significant strides have been made in it by eliminating the main hotbeds of Daesh, which constitutes a significant victory.

President al-Assad noted that the world is focusing on Daesh alone in order to distract attention from the fact that terrorism – represented mainly by Jabhat al-Nusra – still exist and is supported by the West, so Daesh doesn’t represent the entirety of terrorism; it is just a part of it. He asserted that war on terrorism will only end when the last terrorist in Syria is eliminated, at which point there can be realistic talk of victory.

Regarding de Mistura and France holding the Syrian Arab Republic delegation responsible for the lack of progress in the most recent round of Geneva talks, the President said that it’s natural for them to do so because they don’t want to hold groups that work for them responsible, adding that these comments by France or other Western countries prove that those groups work for them, and not for the sake of Syria’s interests.

“Of course for us we can’t even hold these groups responsible for the failure of Geneva for a very simple reason: they are vocal groups that work for dollars, meaning that if you give them a dollar, they will make a sound, and if you give them ten dollars, they will make various tunes of sounds according to how much dollars you give them,” His Excellency said.

Regarding France, President al-Assad said “Since the beginning, France has been the spearhead of supporting terrorism in Syria. France’s hands are covered in Syrian blood and it has no right to evaluate any peace conference. Those who support terrorism do not have the right to talk about peace, let alone the right to interfere in the Syrian affairs. All there statements mean nothing to us and have no value.”


Source  :  Syrian Arab News Agency

Zarif stresses territorial integrity of regional states Zarif stresses

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Zarif stresses territorial integrity of regional states


Iran stresses maintaining territorial integrity and independence of the regional countries, Foreign Minister Mohammad-Javad Zarif said on Monday.

Addressing the first conference on the History of Iran’s International Relations, he expressed hope for the international and regional troublemakers to study the history of Iranian nation’s resistance, IRNA reported.

“Iran sees its interests in a powerful, advanced and stable region,” he said.

“The stories narrated by the mainstream media and the mindset promoted by them to persuade the global public opinion that Iran is after reviving its ancient empire and expand its territory are all false and baseless reports aimed at fanning the fire of Iranophobia project,” he reiterated.

The history of Iran’s international relations is teeming with lessons which are necessary to be given a due consideration in the current complicated conditions in order to analyze international developments, and scientific and practical management of the foreign policy.

He called on the foreign policy actors to be cautious and not to trust arrogant powers while they remain to be friends with neighbors and engage with them.


Source  :  Iran-Daily

Iran to host PUOICM emergency meeting on Palestine tomorrow

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Iran to host PUOICM emergency meeting on Palestine tomorrow


The Palestinian Committee of the Parliamentary Union of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Member States (PUOICM) plans to hold an emergency meeting in the Iranian capital Tehran today.

Participants at the Monday meeting are scheduled to discuss the latest developments in Palestine following US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Beit-ul-Moqaddas as Israel’s “capital.”

Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani will deliver a speech at the meeting, Press TV reported.

On December 6, the US president defied global warnings and said Washington formally recognized Beit-ul-Moqaddas as the “capital” of Israel and would begin the process of moving its embassy to the occupied city, breaking with decades of American policy.

Trump’s declaration has sent shock waves throughout the Muslim world, and even prompted warnings from Washington’s allies in the West that it would bring more chaos to the region.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

Representatives from 57 OIC members attended an urgent summit in Istanbul on December 13 on Washington’s contentious declaration on Beit-ul-Moqaddas.

Beit-ul-Moqaddas is under Israel’s control. The international community views the regime’s grip on the eastern part of the city, which came after the Six-Day War of 1967, as illegal, and urges talks to decide the fate of the entire city in any future peace deal.

Beit-ul-Moqaddas remains at the core of the Israeli–Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians hoping that the eastern part of the city would eventually serve as the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.


Source  :  Iran-Daily