Words MAXMILIAN WECHSLER
As it is customary in the East, the owner of the house (and in our case it is the head of the diplomatic mission) met us at the beautifully laid table. In accordance with the Uzbek tradition, there were many dishes of famous national cuisine: a delicious Uzbek pilaf, tender manti, appetizing soss, warm Uzbek bread and other delicious dishes. So, we began our conversation at the table and tried to get to know our host little closer.
“I was born in the wonderful city of Tashkent and in the first year of my life I already went on my first long-term business trip with my parents to the Republic of Guinea in western Africa. My father worked in the field of international economic relations for many years. After spending five years in Africa, our family returned to Uzbekistan. Soon after, we moved again – this time to Bulgaria and Syria, where we spent several years. This profound experience has determined the choice of my future profession in favor of international affairs.
“The next stage in my life has also prepared me for the active life abroad: I received my education at the Tashkent University of Oriental Studies, followed by the diplomatic studies in Austria, and finally, completing a master's program in South Korea.
“Even with my previous international background, each of my next assignments in Asia, Europe and America presented me with new challenges. A changing world, faced with a growing globalization as well as with instability in various regions of the world, including in my own region of Central Asia due to the ongoing war in neighboring Afghanistan, required a special training, knowledge and efforts to protect the interests of my country in the international arena.
“I joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1995 and, coincidently enough, my first trip as a diplomat was to Thailand. During past years, I managed to visit many countries, meet different people, and I stayed friends with many of them to the present day.
“It goes without saying that my career as a diplomat affected my big family. I have a beautiful wife and four charming children, who, as often happens in our profession, were born in different countries – Austria, USA, Uzbekistan and Thailand. Of course, Thailand is a special place for me – my only daughter was born here on December 5, 2018.”