Foreign Minister of the Federal Republic of Germany, acting chairman of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Frank-Walter Steinmeier, comes to Uzbekistan with official visit. Within the frame of his tour in Central Asia he will visit Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
"Central Asia is a region of strategic importance: in most cases, in the shadow of international attention, interests of major regional powers Russia, China, and Iran are facing here. There are enormous economic opportunities and significant risks to stability which matter to us. At the same time there is a great potential in strengthening our social, cultural, and economic ties with the Central Asian countries. That is why it is so important that Germany and the OSCE are active in the region ", - the minister said in his statement.
Steinmeier will hold talks with the political leaders and meet with representatives of civil society in all three countries. Emphasis, along with the issues of bilateral relations, will be given to counter-terrorism, regional cooperation, and economic relationship within the OSCE.
As the acting OSCE Chairman Steinmeier also wants to get an idea of the extensive activities of the OSCE in Central Asia. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Germany will be accompanied by the delegation with members of the German Bundestag and representatives of economic and cultural German authorities.