The Embassy of Uzbekistan in Russia urged its citizens to refrain from traveling to the border regions of Russia and Ukraine and from visiting crowded places. The diplomatic mission also advised citizens to follow public security regulations of the host country.
Uzbekistan developed emergency action plans for all hydropower plants and reservoirs following the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP in Ukraine, Uzbekistan’s Water Resources Minister Shavkat Khamrayev said. A simulated dam breach exercise was conducted at the Charvak HPP to test the plans.
Between January and May, the Tashkent Metro transported 68.5 million passengers. Compared to the same period last year, passenger traffic increased by 33.5%. May saw the highest passenger traffic with 15.8 million passengers.
During his visit to the UAE, Uzbekistan’s Foreign Minister familiarized himself with cloud seeding technology and discussed with the President of the World Meteorological Organization, the prospects for introducing this experience in Uzbekistan, especially in the Aral Sea region.
Tashkent was ranked 157th out of 173 cities in the Global Liveability Index 2023. The Uzbek capital lost 13 spots compared to last year’s ranking, making it one of the top 10 countries to have deteriorated the most over the past year. Vienna was voted the most livable city in the world.
Uzbekistan opened UZ Euro Trade House in Vilnius (Lithuania). The trade house is expected to intensify practical partnership and substantive dialogue between the business communities of the two countries.
Uzbekistan’s Senate approved amendments to the law on the state flag. The changes expand the use of the national flag and authorize its use by individuals and legal entities representing Uzbekistan at official international events. Restrictions on disrespectful treatment of the flag were added.
The Senate of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan approved a law ratifying an agreement between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan on the demarcation of their shared border.
Uzbekistan increased its natural gas exports to China in May, with supplies rising to $78.16 million, almost double the amount exported in April. Despite this increase in exports, the country’s gas production continues to fall.
Gas production in Uzbekistan fell by 9.8% in the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year, with production falling for the second consecutive month in May. Meanwhile, electricity production showed record growth in May, while growth in oil production slowed to 3.1%.
“Raiffeisenbank,” a Russian subsidiary of the Austrian banking group Raiffeisen Bank International, announced that it will stop making euro transfers to Uzbekistan, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and several other countries. The decision will take effect on July 3.
Former Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan, Vladimir Norov, announced his retirement after 45 years of service in government agencies and embassies. He said he has set up a consultancy company and intends to use all his contacts to promote Uzbekistan’s foreign policy.
Uzbekistan announced plans to fundamentally improve its public mental health service by integrating it into primary health care facilities and introducing special social-emotional learning in schools. Additionally, specialists in the field will receive an increase in their salaries.
The Dialogue of Women Leaders of Central Asia recently held a meeting in Astana to discuss the role of women in innovation and technology development. The Uzbek delegation was led by Tanzila Narbayeva, Chairperson of the Senate.
The Central Election Commission of Uzbekistan announced that early voting for the upcoming presidential election will take place from June 28 to July 5. Voters unable to be present on election day are eligible to participate in early voting.
Uzbekistan Airways received its 18th Airbus aircraft, an A320neo. Four more due to arrive by the end of the year. They will have the simplified fuselage color due to the carrier’s plans to refresh its corporate livery.
The Energy Ministry of Uzbekistan announced details of a two-year gas agreement with Gazprom. It will supply 9 million cu.m. daily and an annual volume will reach almost 2.8 billion cu.m. This is in contrast to earlier reports by Kommersant, which stated that the volume would be twice as much.
During his official visit to Iran, President Mirziyoyev held talks with President Raisi and Iran’s Supreme Spiritual Leader Ayatollah Sayyid Ali Khamenei. They discussed cooperation prospects and regional issues. A joint declaration on strengthening cooperation and several agreements were signed.
President Mirziyoyev signed a resolution declaring start of the Eid al-Adha in Uzbekistan on June 28. The people of Uzbekistan will enjoy five consecutive days off to celebrate the occasion.
Uzbekistan and Trinidad and Tobago signed a joint communiqué in New York, establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. This marks the 144th country with which Uzbekistan has established diplomatic relations
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