Oh it looks like a bit of a shake up in visa free travel to Uzbekistan:
Complete abolition from 1 April 2017 the visa regime for tourists from 15 countries, including Australia, Austria, Great Britain, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan.
As well as for tourists from 12 countries under the age of 55 years, including Belgium, Indonesia, China (a part of tourist groups), Malaysia, the USA, France, Vietnam, Israel, Poland, Hungary, Portugal and the Czech Republic. Visa-free regime will apply to foreign citizens arriving to the Republic for tourist purposes for a period not exceeding 30 days
Or this source in English
which seems to have it that the restriction is lifted for those over rather than under 55 (an odd stipulation to me). My Russian isn't good enough (mostly non-existant) to know which is the correct translation.
Again no direct mention of Malta, but perhaps it may be on of the other countries not listed.
And still even if it is selective and with a weird age caveat it is still promising news that travel is opening up in the area, I look forward to the Guardian travel section on it in January and the follow up one one in March 2020 decrying how it has lost its soul to tourism.