DAILY NEWS HERALD #60 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan March 28, 2018

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An international conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Interaction towards Security, and Regional Cooperation”. 1

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted. 1

President of Uzbekistan receives heads of foreign delegations. 2

 


 

An international conference on Afghanistan “The Peace Process, Interaction towards Security, and Regional Cooperation”

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

On March 27, Tashkent hosted International Conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”.

The conference, organized on the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, aroused great interest among the world community. The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, UN Special Representative for Afghanistan Tadamichi Yamamoto, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, as well as the heads of ministries of foreign affairs of China, France, Germany, India, Iran, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, and the USA, representatives of 25 countries and international organizations arrived in Uzbekistan to participate in this event.

The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev addressed the international conference.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

The Head of the state noted that this conference is a joint initiative of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan. It is a logical continuation of the efforts to ensure peace and stability in Afghanistan made by the international community.

As President noted, in essence, «the flame of war» was imposed to the Afghan people from outside. It is not their choice. For over these years hundreds of thousands of peaceful citizens became victims of the confrontation while millions of people had to flee their homes and seek shelter in other countries.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

Confrontations and conflicts in this country have a negative impact on the active processes of integration of Central Asian countries into the world economy. For example, peaceful Afghanistan due to trade and economic, transport and logistics opportunities across the sea would provide Uzbekistan with the shortest exit to other regions.

Uzbekistan participated in international and regional conferences of various formats devoted to the resolution of the Afghan conflict, held in 2017, including the Moscow expanded meeting (April), the Kabul Process (June), the Conference on Regional Economic Cooperation on the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (Ashgabat, November), the Istanbul process – “The heart of Asia” (Baku, November-December) and the meeting of the International Contact Group (Oslo, December).

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

At the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, the President of Uzbekistan outlined the country’s position on stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan, expressed concrete proposals on this matter. At the international conference “Central Asia: one past and common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity”, held in Samarkand in November under the auspices of the United Nations, initiatives were forwarded regarding the integration of Afghanistan into regional economic processes.

During the high-level meetings of the Presidents of Uzbekistan and Afghanistan, the positive position of Uzbekistan in this direction has been further strengthened through mutually beneficial agreements.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

The President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani noted that the initiative of Uzbekistan on ensuring peace and security in Afghanistan is very valuable.

At the conference, the heads of the foreign ministries of the Central Asian countries expressed their readiness to use all opportunities in this direction.

Declaration of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan is adopted

NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General John Manza, British Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Gareth Bayley, Special Representative of Italy for Afghanistan and Pakistan Alberto Pieri, Special Representative of the Government of Germany for Afghanistan and Pakistan Markus Potzel, Special Envoy of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Qatar for Combating Terrorism and Mediation in Conflict Resolution Mutlaq bin Majid Al-Qahtani, Special Advisor of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan Hiroshi Takahashi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the French Republic to Uzbekistan Violen Biyet de Vilmore, director of the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure Yevgeniy Sysoyev, Special Representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway for Afghanistan and Pakistan Rolf Willy Hansen and others also delivered speeches at the international conference.

Proposals and initiatives have been forwarded on establishing peace in Afghanistan, restoration of socio-economic structure of this country, fully promoting its integration into regional economic processes.

Following the conference, its participants signed the Tashkent Declaration. This document reflects such good goals as ensuring peace and security in the region, strengthening cooperation in all spheres, further expanding relations of good-neighborliness.

At the press conference, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Salahuddin Rabbani reported on the results achieved at the conference.

It was noted that the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan has become a very important contribution to the efforts of the international community on ensuring peaceful development of Afghanistan. Similar events will continue in the future.

Salahuddin Rabbani expressed his special gratitude to the President of Uzbekistan for initiating conduction of the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan and its organization, to the government and people of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

President of Uzbekistan receives heads of foreign delegations

On March 27, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, met with the Vice-President of the European Commission, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan Khawaja Muhammad Asif, within the framework of Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan “Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity”.

Receiving the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, the Head of the state noted with deep satisfaction the intensification of contacts at various levels, which demonstrates the mutual desire to develop and deepen the multifaceted partnership between Uzbekistan and the EU.

During the conversation, the sides discussed the prospects for cooperation on issues of promoting a peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and sustainable development of the region, as well as expanding bilateral practical cooperation in trade, investment, innovation, education and culture. The importance of adopting a new EU Strategy for Central Asia next year was noted.

At the meeting with the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the President of Uzbekistan emphasized the high dynamics of development and consistent strengthening of Uzbekistan – Russia strategic partnership and alliance.

It was noted that bilateral cooperation has recently been filled with concrete practical content. The volumes of mutual trade are growing, priority investment projects are being implemented, cooperation is strengthening at the level of business and regions. New programs of educational, scientific-technical and cultural-humanitarian exchanges are being implemented.

Issues of preparation for the forthcoming state visit of the President of the Russian Federation to the Republic of Uzbekistan in the autumn of this year were considered.

Actual aspects of international and regional policy were also discussed.

Welcoming the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, the Head of the state noted the importance of full implementation of agreements reached during the high-level visit to Turkey in October last year, with the aim of further strengthening ties of friendship and strategic partnership.

Particular attention was paid to issues of preparation for the upcoming meetings at the highest level, first of all, saturating the agenda of negotiations with concrete projects and programs of mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, investment and high technologies, transport and tourism, culture and other areas.

The need for giving practical effect to bilateral relations was also discussed at the meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, Khawaja Muhammad Asif.

President of Uzbekistan emphasized the existence of a large unused potential in mutual trade, cooperation in the spheres of agricultural engineering, light industry and other sectors, development of transport communications, and increasing the flow of pilgrimage tourism to Uzbekistan.

An agreement was reached on further intensifying contacts, organizing mutual visits and joint events at various levels.

During the meetings, the heads of foreign delegations expressed full support for holding the Tashkent international high-level conference on Afghanistan, noting the timeliness of its organization and the current nature of issues on the agenda.

Confidence was expressed that the results of the forum would make an important contribution to the promotion of the process of peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan.

High assessment was given to the ongoing socio-political and socio-economic reforms at a new stage, as well as the active role of Uzbekistan in promoting constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation in the region.

Heads of foreign delegations conveyed warm greetings and best wishes to President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on behalf of the leadership of the European Union, the leaders of Russia, Turkey and Pakistan, assuring the readiness of their countries to further strengthen the all-round partnership with the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

 

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