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Bilateral Relations


Islamic Republic of Iran recognized the independence of Uzbekistan in 25 December 1991. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were established on May 10, 1992.

Diplomatic mission of Iran started its activity in Tashkent in November 1992, the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Tehran opened in May 1995.

Over the past period, visits of the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov to Iran were held four times (1992, 2003 - official, 1996, 2003 - within the framework of participation in the ECO summit).

In turn, the presidents of the Islamic Republic of Iran A. Rafsanjani on October 1993 and S. Khotami on April 2002 had made an official visits to Uzbekistan.

On September 2017, in Astana, the President of Uzbekistan Sh.Mirziyoyev within the framework of the the First Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on science and technology met with the President of Iran H. Ruhani.

Uzbek-Iranian political consultations hold regularly on the level of Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs. On March 13, 2017 in Tashkent the delegation of Iran led by the Deputy Foreign Minister for Asia and Oceania Ibrahim Rahimpur took part in the 5th round of consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.

The treaty and legal basis of bilateral relations consists of 55 intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements in the political, trade, economic and cultural spheres.

The dynamics of Uzbek- Iranian relations give evidence of the stable nature of bilateral cooperation. Both countries possess significant political and economic potential, wide transport and communications and transit opportunities.

Economic aspect

In April of 2018 in Tehran there was held the 12 session of the Uzbek-Iranian intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation.

According to the results of 2018 trade turnover between the two countries amounted to $306,5 million, $172,5 million of which accounted for export of Uzbekistan and $133,9 million for import.

The main export products of Uzbekistan to the Islamic Republic of Iran are cotton, cotton-fiber, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, mineral fertilizer, chemical fiber, and import consists of building materials, electromechanical equipment, fruits, dried fruits, plastic products.

Today there are 120 joint ventures with Iranian investors’ participation operating in Uzbekistan, 15 of them with 100% Iranian capital.

In 25th of April 2011 in Ashgabad on quadripartite meeting of the Foreign Ministers there was signed an agreement on establishing a transport rail corridor Uzbekistan – Turkmenistan – Iran - Oman.