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20 July, 1998
Foreign Deputy Minister Yiannos Kranidiotis concluded a visit to Uzbekistan on Friday, confirming the very good level of relations between Athens and Tashkent.
Mr. Kranidiotis held talks in Tashkent with Uzbekistani Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, as well as with Interior Minister S. Moustafa on issues of bilateral and international concern, such as cooperation between the two countries in international organisations (UN, NATO, EU, etc), the situation in Central Asia, Greek-Turkish relations and the Cyprus problem.
Economic and trade cooperation was also discussed, while Mr. Kranidiotis assured his interlocutors that Greece will soon establish an embassy in Tashkent.
On his part, Mr. Kamilov underlined the very good relations existing between the two countries and stressed his satisfaction over the constructive position of Athens on the effort to upgrade his country's relations with the EU. He also assured Mr. Kranidiotis that his government has a positive attitude towards Greece's candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council over the 1999-2000 period.
Mr. Kranidiotis has already arrived in the People's Republic of China for talks with the Chinese leadership.
Source: Athens News Agency