13 February 2009 in Jakarta Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Vladimir Norov met with H.E. Mr. Agung Laksono, the Speaker of House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia
H.E. Mr. A.Laksono positively evaluated the reforms conducted in Uzbekistan to liberalize judicial-legal system, the abolition of the death penalty, the introduction of «Habeas corpus» 1 January 2008, the functioning of a bicameral parliament.
House Speaker H.E. Mr. Agung Laksono with special warmth spoke about his visit to Uzbekistan in December 2007, emphasizing friendliness and openness of the Uzbek people. He noted that, «the hospitality of uzbek people knows no bounds, and frankly, in Uzbekistan, I felt as in Indonesia, probably because of the similarities of cultures and a common faith».
He noted that in recent years the role and place Central Asian region is constantly increasing, as Uzbekistan, bordering with all countries in the region, its «heart», is the focus of world powers.