DAILY NEWS HERALD #118 Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA June 19, 2018

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International relationships. 1

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan. 1

Meeting with the World Bank delegation. 1

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”. 1

Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan Is a Path to Dialogue among Peoples. 1

 


 

International relationships

Statement of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan

The Republic of Uzbekistan continues its efforts aimed at contributing to stabilization of the situation in Afghanistan and its socio-economic development in accordance with the agreements reached at the International Conference on Afghanistan, held in Tashkent on March 27, 2018.

In this context, the Uzbek side held a series of consultative meetings and negotiations with the government of Afghanistan, representatives of the United States, China, Russia, member states of the International Contact Group, states of the Eurasian region, South Asia, the Middle and Near East.

It should be noted that the political basis for this work became the Tashkent Declaration, unanimously adopted at the forum on Afghanistan, which provides for joint actions at the regional and global levels on advancing the peace process, fighting against terrorism and illicit drug trafficking, as well as regional economic cooperation.

At the same time, the Uzbek side established appropriate contacts and held working meetings with high-ranking representatives of the Taliban movement, during which the prospects for dialogue and interaction to establish long-term peace and stability in Afghanistan and its economic development were discussed in order to realize the consolidated position of participants of Tashkent conference.

On this basis, Uzbekistan welcomes the mutual introduction of a ceasefire between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement in connection with the celebration of Eid al-Fitr. The Uzbek side hopes that this armistice will become perpetual, following the announcement by the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani of the extension of the ceasefire.

Taking into account the current situation, as well as based on the initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirms its full readiness to create all necessary conditions for organization of direct negotiations between the government of Afghanistan and the Taliban movement in the territory of Uzbekistan, at any stages of the peace process.

Tashkent city, June 18, 2018

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with the World Bank delegation

On June 18, 2018, a meeting with the delegation of the World Bank led by the Senior Director for the Water Global Practice Guangzhe Chen was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

The sides discussed practical aspects of cooperation between Uzbekistan and the World Bank in the sphere of implementation of projects on water issues, including within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea.

(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”

Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan Is a Path to Dialogue among Peoples

The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries” took place 6-8 June 2018 in St. Petersburg, Russia.

It was organized by the National Association of Electronic Mass Media of Uzbekistan in the framework of the international multimedia project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”.

During the international forum in St. Petersburg, next five volumes of books and albums of the series “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” were presented.

The book-album “Collection of the State Museum of the History of Religions” presents items from the collection of the State Museum of the History of Religions in St. Petersburg related to the spiritual and material culture of Uzbekistan. This collection was for the first time was the subject of a special study. It presents works of art illustrating various religious beliefs and cults: Zoroastrianism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam. The collection covers the time period from the 2nd to the 20th centuries, includes both artifacts of archeology and ethnography, as well as works of fine and decorative art.

The edition is designed not only for representatives of academic and research circles, but also for a wide domestic and foreign audience and a young generation interested in the rich cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

The library of the Museum of Anthropology and Ethnography (MAE) of the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) in St. Petersburg hosted a presentation of the book-album “Silk and Gold of Bukhara: Ambassadorial Gifts of the Emirs of Bukhara in the Collection of the MAE RAS” in the framework of the congress.

By the will of the historical destinies, the MAE RAS, heir to the first Russian state museum, the famous Petrovsky Kunstkammer, was the keeper of the richest collection of Central Asian fabrics, a collection directly connected with the history of political and diplomatic relations of Central Asia and Russia. In terms of its volume and significance, this collection is one of the most important not only in Russia, but also in the world.

The compilation contains samples of textiles, sets of festive and casual clothes and ornaments. The most important part of the collection consists of ceremonial gifts to Russian tsars from Bukhara emirs and Khiva khans: the celebrated set of velvet and silk ikats alone contains over half a thousand specimens. These collections represent an invaluable material for comparative study of traditional costume and art of weaving in Central Asia and are now open to professionals around the world.

At the present time, within the framework of the multi-year partnership on the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” the specialists of the MAE RAS is preparing three albums-monographs devoted to the Uzbek heritage in Russia and abroad, the participation of the Uzbek side in the re-exposure of the museum and the creation of a documentary film related to the history of the ancient manuscripts of the Koran.

The exhibition “Alisher Navoi’s works in manuscripts of the 15-19th centuries” and “Manuscript book of Samarkand, Bukhara, Kokand and Khiva of the 15-19th centuries” were held in the Russian National Library in St. Petersburg.

The expositions include masterpieces of the book art of Khorasan and Maverannahr, as well as books in Persian, Turkic (Chagatai) and Arabic, showing a wide range of interests of the inhabitants of Central Asia. Books came to the library in various ways: as diplomatic gifts of Bukharian emirs and shahs of Iran, as part of collections of Russian diplomats in Iran, as trophies of the Russian-Iranian war, as a result of the annexation of the territories of Turkestan to the Russian Empire, as well as from private individuals.

During the opening ceremony, the ceremony of transferring facsimile copies of the Katta-Langar Koran and Divan of Sultan Hussein Baikara as a gift to the Russian National Library was held. Also, sets of 13 books-albums of the series “Architectural Epigraphy of Uzbekistan” were presented to the library as gifts.

Following the results of the Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries” held in St. Petersburg, its participants adopted an open appeal to the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, in which they highly appreciated the significance he attaches to the development of science and culture, to the preservation of cultural heritage of Uzbekistan, and expressed their readiness to fully support all the reforms being carried out by the President in this field.

As a tool for such support, the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, set up by the decision of the Congress, will speak.

The establishment of the World Society will allow scientists, researchers, collectors, representatives of the mass media and simply connoisseurs of Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage to unite and actively cooperate and work for the benefit of preserving and popularizing the cultural legacy of our country. The World Society will also be able to carry out international events, be it exhibitions, presentations, cultural forums around the world, including museums that store items and artifacts related to the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.

As an outcome of the international congress in St. Petersburg, a resolution was adopted in which the goals and objectives of the newly created society were identified, and its members and leaders were elected.

The academician of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Edward Rtveladze, was designated chairman of the Scientific Council of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan.

Such prominent foreign and domestic scholars as Irina Popova, Efim Rezvan, Akbar Hakimov, Shakir Pidaev, Alexander Naimark, Rustam Suleimanov and others were elected members of the Scientific Council of the World Society.

The board will assist in carrying out the tasks of the society and its scientific council. As its chairman was unanimously elected the author of the exclusive multimedia project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections”, Honored Journalist of Uzbekistan Firdavs Abdukhalikov. Scientists and researchers as Pavel Lurie, Sergei Laptev, Kamola Akilova, Krista Pikkat and others were elected members of the board.

The initiative was announced for the first time in Tashkent and Samarkand in May 2017 at the First International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”. The need to establish a World Society was mentioned in the final declaration adopted by more than 300 participants of the congress.

To H.E. President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Shavkat M. Mirziyoyev

Open Appeal of Participants of the Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue among Peoples and Countries”

Deeply esteemed Mr. President!

On behalf of the participants of the Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue among Peoples and Countries”, allow us to express deep respect for Your tireless activity aimed at shaping a new Uzbekistan. Today, during the Second International Congress in St. Petersburg, we have had an opportunity to get a glance at the latest outcomes of Your work towards radically transforming Uzbekistan and delivering decent environment for the development of fundamental science and culture. Especially delighting are Your efforts directed at preserving the rich cultural heritage of the Uzbek people, which itself made an invaluable contribution to the evolution of world civilization. We are well aware of Your concept of civilized Islam as a religion of kindness, peace and tolerance, and we support You in Your determined work to implement it.

A significant achievement in the study and popularization of the invaluable spiritual wealth of the Uzbek people is the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in World’s Collections” supported by You, which provides for the collection, study and publication of art objects, manuscripts and documents related to the history of the peoples of Uzbekistan. The scheme has already helped publish 15 albums; more than 20 documentaries have been shot. The project has united the endeavors of Uzbekistan’s academic community that has fruitfully fostered its own scientific school, as well as those of researchers from Russia, Britain, France, Germany, the Czech Republic, the United States, Japan, Turkey and many other countries.

In May 2017, the First International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue among Nations and Countries” was held in Tashkent and Samarkand, which in excess of 300 scientists from across the world took part in. We are confident that this project will serve to strengthen mutual understanding between peoples and countries, as well as enhance the country’s cultural image.

Today, an important result of the Second International Congress in St. Petersburg was the setting up of the World Society for the Preservation, Study and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan. We express our confidence that this newly established international organization uniting all those who cherish the history and culture of Uzbekistan will become a reliable assistant in Your tireless work to further popularize the cultural heritage of the ancient land of Uzbekistan.

We wish You a robust health and prosperity to the independent Uzbekistan!

Adopted by the participants of the World Society for Preservation, Study and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan.

St. Petersburg, 8 June 2018.

 

What the Congress Contributors Have to Say

Vladimir GRUZMAN,

director of the Russian Ethnographic Museum:

 - The fact that the President of Uzbekistan supported the project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the World’s Collections” says that Shavkat Mirziyoyev values ​​his native culture, tries in every possible way to preserve the rich cultural legacy of the Uzbek people.

Uzbekistan has unique collections of manuscripts, and the painstaking work carried out by well-known scholars to describe monuments of architecture and culture is respected.

Krista PIKKAT,

Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, Kazakhstan:

- The project “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” implemented by the NAEMM has ambitious development prospects. Already today, many scientists and experts with world names are involved in this work. Thanks to the initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, new ideas and projects are being realized in the country, the horizons of scientific and cultural cooperation are expanding. I participate in such an event for the second time, and I am very pleased with the fact that large-scale work continues. A lot has been done already, including a huge series of publications, films. New countries are joining the works to cooperate with the project. It is very important to continue this work, and UNESCO fully supports the project.

Irina POPOVA,

Director of the Institute of Oriental Manuscripts of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg):

- Lately in Uzbekistan there have been very energetic processes in the sphere of culture related to the name and initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who personally oversees this project in particular. We are very glad to be an integral part of the project, thanks to which our manuscripts are gaining new life.

Sergey LAPTEV,

special researcher The Miho Museum (Japan):

- In the year that passed after the First Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan: Path to Dialogue between Peoples and Countries”, the project on publishing the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in collections of museums of the world is developing rapidly. This project, unprecedented not only in Uzbekistan, but also in the world, includes 15 already published volumes and a large number of documentaries.

For such a short period of time, the project became widely known and internationally recognized, it is reported in the news not only in Uzbekistan, but also abroad, and books are replenished by libraries as much as by educational institutions. The project covers also museums in Japan, the materials for the future book were presented by the leading museums of this country, and Japanese scientists wrote most of the volume. It is expected that collections of other countries of Asia and the world will open their doors to researchers, and through them to the general public, both in Uzbekistan and in other countries, where books are sent free of charge.

Norafon AHENBACH,

Researcher at the Museum of Arts and Crafts, Hamburg, Germany:

- The publication of Uzbekistan’s cultural heritage and art from collections of museums around the world is an ambitious and exemplary project. I would like to express my gratitude for the catalog and for the organization of the Second International Congress, which provided with a unique opportunity to exchange knowledge and information. This will certainly stimulate further study of art.

Elena TITOVA,

Director of the All-Russian Museum of Decorative and Applied and Folk Art, Moscow:

- The Second International Congress “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan” was able to solve important tasks to popularize the cultural and intellectual heritage of Uzbekistan.

Within a very short period, this unique project has made a huge contribution to the formation in the global context of the image of Uzbekistan as a country of the richest historical past, experiencing an impressive development of modern approaches to identifying, exploring and promoting its spiritual wealth. The project in its fullness and attractiveness reveals the inexhaustible cultural and tourist potential of Uzbekistan.

Alexander WILHELM,

Vice-President for Marketing and Development of the publishing house Mueller & Schindler (Austria):

- I would like to express our sincere gratitude on behalf of our company for the opportunity to take part in such an important event. I am deeply convinced that this world-wide unique project to study the great heritage of the Uzbek people, its presentation and preservation for future generations is a vital contribution to the increase of the world’s understanding of the rich history of the Uzbek people, and at the same time it supports mutual understanding between peoples.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

  

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