DAILY NEWS HERALD #88 Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan May 7, 2018

posted 15 May 2018, 08:06 by Webmaster Ambasciata

President.. 1

On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Kazakhstan. 1

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan  1

Officially.. 2

Uzbekistan to establish badge "for contribution to development of civil society”. 2

Investments. 2

For the First Time in the Region. 2

VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO TAJIKISTAN.. 3

Adulaziz Kamilov holds meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary. 3

Meeting with the U.S. delegation. 3

Meeting with the Minister of State for External Affairs of India. 3

Meeting with the delegation of MFA of Afghanistan. 3

Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan. 4

Meeting with the UN Under-Secretary-General 4

Uzbekistan delegation takes part in the International Conference in Dushanbe. 4

International relationships. 5

Uzbekistan Turkey: A Pattern to Follow.. 5

Another group of Afghan youth arrived in Termez. 6

On the 45th session of the council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC.. 7

Uzbekistan appoints new Ambassador to Saudi Arabia. 7

Lithuania FM arrives in Uzbekistan. 7

On the forthcoming Uzbekistan – Belgium political consulting. 8

MAY 9 - DAY OF MEMORY AND HONOR.. 8

Sadness and Bitterness with Pride. 8

 

president

On telephone conversation of the President of Uzbekistan with the President of Kazakhstan

On May 4, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

During the conversation, the heads of states discussed current issues of further expansion and strengthening Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan multifaceted cooperation in the context of implementing agreements reached at the highest level.

It was noted with deep satisfaction that the potential of relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and strategic partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan is being fully realized due to political will and mutual support.

It was emphasized that the achieved high level of cooperation is a model of interaction between the two fraternal countries and people.

In a short period, breakthrough results were achieved in all areas. 2018 is declared as the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan for the first time in the history of bilateral relations, the solemn opening of which was held on March 15 in Astana.

Mutually beneficial cooperation in trade-economic, investment, energy and transport-communication spheres is developing dynamically. The trade turnover is steadily growing, cooperation projects are being implemented in various sectors of the economy.

Contacts between regions and at the business level have been intensified. Flights frequency, road and rail transportation volumes has increased, bus service has been resumed. Cultural-humanitarian and tourist exchanges are expanding.

In this regard, practical results of activity of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, which is an effective mechanism for promoting joint projects and programs, were noted.

During the conversation, special attention was paid to issues of development of good-neighborly relations between the Central Asian countries. Fruitful results of the first Summit of the Heads of States of the region, held in March this year in Astana, were emphasized with satisfaction.

The Presidents of the two countries also exchanged views on a number of current issues of international policy and regional cooperation.

In conclusion, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev and the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev confirmed their firm determination to expand multifaceted cooperation and strengthen the centuries-old ties of friendship and partnership in the interests of the two fraternal countries and people.

(Source: UzA)

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan

On May 4, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, co-chairman of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on bilateral cooperation Askar Mamin.

Welcoming the guest, the Head of the state noted the effective activity of Uzbekistan – Kazakhstan Intergovernmental Commission and expressed satisfaction with practical results of its activities.

The Commission, headed by the First Deputy Prime Ministers of the two countries, has so far held 17 meetings, including the last one – in March this year in Astana. On May 4, Tashkent hosted working negotiations of the co-chairmen of the commission.

At the meeting, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan emphasized the importance of further expanding mutually beneficial cooperation and joint implementation of promising projects and programs in trade-economic, investment, transport-communication, humanitarian and other spheres.

Askar Mamin expressed deep gratitude to the Head of the state for the warm welcome and confirmed the readiness of Kazakhstan to further develop and strengthen full-scale partnership between the two fraternal countries in order to unconditionally and timely implement the agreements at the highest level.

(Source: UzA)

Officially

Uzbekistan to establish badge "for contribution to development of civil society”

The badge will be awarded to representatives of public organizations and initiative citizens who have made a worthy contribution to the development of the non-governmental non-profit sector in the country, for the activity and achievements, the results of which have had a significant impact on the formation and development of civil society.

Uzbekistan will establish a badge "for contribution to the development of civil society". This was approved by the presidential decree "On measures to radically improve the role of civil society institutions in the process of democratic renewal of the country" dated May 4, 2018.

The badge will be awarded to representatives of public organizations and initiative citizens who have made a worthy contribution to the development of the non-governmental non-profit sector in the country, for the activity and achievements, the results of which have had a significant impact on the formation and development of civil society.

(Source: UzReport.uz)

investments

For the First Time in the Region

A plant for the production of medicinal insulin has begun to operate in the village of Khortum, Andijan region. The factory’s manufacturing capacity is 10 million insulin bottles a year.

It covers an area of 1.5 hectares and is the only one in Central Asia that specializes in the production of insulin used to treat diabetes mellitus.

The construction works were carried out by a private construction and installation group with support from a company called Gulf Pharmaceutical Industries. At the plant Zamin Bio Health, equipped with advanced technologies, the employees were provided with all conditions for effective activity, large-scale works were undertaken on the improvement of its area.

“This enterprise was erected with financial support from the Andijan branch of our bank,” says Sardor Normuhamedov, chairman of the board of the joint-stock Trustbank. “A loan of 14 billion soums (currency rates of CB RU from 07.05.2018, 1$= 8059.24 soums) was allocated for the construction and purchase of imported technologies. This will help expand production of import-substituting goods and create new jobs.”

Hitherto, insulin is imported into our country. With the launch of the plant, the import of this medicine will diminish, the hard currency will be saved, the cost price of the medicine will go down.

The plant, with a total project cost exceeding 28 billion soums, has installed equipment and technologies from Germany, France, Switzerland, China and India. All processes for the production of qualitative insulin at the level of international requirements have been completed.

“The enterprise’s capacity is the production of 10 million vials of insulin a year,” says Avazbek Nizomov, head of Zamin Bio Health. “30% of production will be directed to meet the needs of the domestic market, while the rest, that is, annual output worth $ 2 million, will be exported to Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and other countries.”

With the commissioning of the plant, 100 people are provided with permanent work. More than 20 of them are vocational college graduates.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

VISIT OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF UZBEKISTAN TO TAJIKISTAN

Adulaziz Kamilov holds meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary

On 4 May 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó in Dushanbe (Tajikistan).

The foreign ministers discussed topical issues of Uzbek-Hungarian cooperation in various directions.

The sides confirmed mutual interest in building up interstate cooperation, intensifying business contacts, scientific and cultural exchanges, strengthening ties between educational institutions.

The ministers paid special attention to the regional and international agenda.

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Meeting with the U.S. delegation

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the delegation of the U.S. Department of State, led by Deputy Assistant Secretary of Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) Henry Ensher, in Dushanbe.

During the conversation, certain aspects of Uzbekistan – U.S. cooperation in various fields and forthcoming bilateral contacts were discussed.

The sides also exchanged views on some issues of international and regional policy in the context of the agenda of the International Conference "Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism" in Tajikistan.

 (Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with the Minister of State for External Affairs of India

On May 4, 2018 Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, who is taking part in the International Conference "Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism" (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018), met with the Minister of State for External Affairs of the Republic of India, Mobashar Jawed Akbar.

Practical aspects of Uzbekistan – India cooperation, first of all the course of preparation for the forthcoming state visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to India, were discussed in the conversation.

The sides exchanged views on concrete mechanisms of interaction within the framework of implementation of the Tashkent Declaration adopted on March 27, 2018 following the results of the high-level international conference on Afghanistan "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity".

At the meeting, current issues on the agenda of the meeting of the Council of Heads of the SCO member states, in which the Indian side will participate for the first time as a full member of the organization, were also considered.

 (Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with the delegation of MFA of Afghanistan

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan Hekmat Khalil Karzai, in Dushanbe.

During the discussion of issues of Uzbekistan – Afghanistan agenda, the sides focused on prospects for development of cooperation in political, trade-economic, investment, transport-communication and other spheres, implementation of joint projects.

At the meeting, proposals on cooperation within the framework of implementation of tasks defined by the Tashkent Declaration following the results of the high-level international conference on Afghanistan "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity", held on March 26-27, 2018, were also considered.

 (Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Tajikistan

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Tajikistan Sirojidin Aslov within the framework of participation in the International Conference "Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism", in Dushanbe.

The sides discussed the current state and prospects of further development of bilateral ties in the context of implementing the agreements reached at Uzbekistan – Tajikistan summit, in March.

As it was emphasized, the first state visit of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Tajikistan, its results became really historical and opened a new page in relations between the two countries and people.

At the meeting, the ministers also exchanged views on some international and regional issues.

 (Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Meeting with the UN Under-Secretary-General

On May 4, 2018, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov met with the Under-Secretary-General of the UN Counter-Terrorism Office Vladimir Voronkov, within the framework of the International Conference "Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism" (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018).

The sides exchanged views on the state and prospects for strengthening Uzbekistan's cooperation with the UN Counter-Terrorism Directorate within the framework of expanding cooperation with the organization and its specialized institutions.

Current issues of implementing large-scale initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, with which he addressed the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017, were discussed.

 (Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

Uzbekistan delegation takes part in the International Conference in Dushanbe

The delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov took part in the International High-Level Conference "Countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism" (Dushanbe, May 3-4, 2018), which was conducted by the Government of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with the United Nations, OSCE and the European Union.

At the conference, issues of countering terrorism and preventing violent extremism were discussed, as well as views were exchanged in determining further steps of cooperation in this area.

In the speech of the head of Uzbekistan’s delegation, the main attention was paid to the initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev on the issues of countering the extremist-terrorist threat, forwarded at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, other international events, as well as Uzbekistan's experience in solving this problem.

The conference was attended by leaders and high-ranking representatives of foreign policy and other specialized departments of Central Asia, Hungary, Switzerland, Bahrain, India, Armenia, Russia, China, USA, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia, Canada, Belgium, Slovakia, Sweden, Great Britain, Ukraine, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Indonesia, Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Qatar, Morocco, Jordan, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Syria, Libya and other countries, UN, OSCE, EU, CSTO, SCO, CIS.

The final document was adopted at the conference. 

 (Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)

International relationships

Uzbekistan Turkey: A Pattern to Follow

Head of department at the Institute for Strategic and Interregional Research under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, Bahrom Sotiboldiev, believes that Turkey, member of G20, can serve as a good example for Uzbekistan in terms of economic development.

- The Uzbek and Turkish peoples have for a long time been linked via friendly and fraternal ties, common traditions, language and culture. Developed industry, transport communications, sea routes, agriculture, tourist potential, huge experience of statehood of Turkey are very important for Uzbekistan.

Turkey is in the G20, can serve as a worthwhile example in the level of economic development. In the country’s economy, the share of industry is 28%, agriculture - 15%, construction - 6%, services - 51%. In the total volume of industrial production, the processing industry has the highest share. Today small business and private entrepreneurship make a significant contribution to the production of industrial goods. Well-developed are textile, food, mining, chemical, pharmaceutical, energy, metallurgy, shipbuilding, automotive industries and the manufacturing of electrical household goods. One of the fastest growing areas is tourism.

The study of the achievements of Turkey in these sectors, the use of advanced experience of this country in the implementation of reforms, modernization of the economy, as well as the involvement of Turkish entrepreneurs and companies in the projects implemented in Uzbekistan fully meet the interests of our country.

In turn, Uzbekistan occupies an important place in Turkey’s policy in the region. Our country today is one of the key partners of Ankara in Central Asia. Uzbekistan attracts Turkey as a huge market, moving along the path of economic liberalization, a favorable investment climate, with its historical cities, sacred places of pilgrimage. Hence, both sides are interested in strengthening cooperation.

Relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey are consistently developing, and the trend of positive growth is noticeable in all spheres. About 500 Turkish companies and firms operate in our country today. In 2016 the volume of trade turnover between our countries was $ 1.2 billion, then in the first nine months of 2017 it increased by 29%. Last year alone, with the participation of investments of entrepreneurs from Turkey, more than 20 enterprises were organized, 53 representative offices of 53 companies of this country are accredited. These figures clearly indicate the great prospects of Uzbek-Turkish relations.

In recent years, a new page has been opened in relations between our countries. Indicative of this is the number of meetings between Presidents Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Recep Tayyip Erdogan. In particular, the latter’s visit to Samarkand in November 2016, the meeting of the heads of two states in May 2017 in Beijing at the forum “One Belt, One Road”, at the Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Science and Technology in Astana in early September that year, as well as at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly on September 20 of the same year.

The state visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Turkey on 25-26 October 2017 became a logical continuation of this dialogue. During the visit, issues of cooperation between our two nations in the political, trade-economic, investment, transport and communication spheres, agriculture, transport, tourism, science and others were discussed in detail.

As a result of the negotiations, more than 20 documents were signed between Uzbekistan and Turkey relating to various areas. A special place among them is the Joint Statement signed by the Presidents.

During the visit, the head of our state drew attention to the inter-parliamentary ties between the two countries. During his visit to the Turkish Grand National Assembly, he got acquainted with its activities, stressed the need to strengthen inter-parliamentary relations, exchange of experience on lawmaking issues, forms of parliamentary control.

During the visit to Istanbul, a forum was organized with representatives of financial and business circles of the two countries, where agreements were signed for more than 30 projects worth $ 3.5 billion aimed at building large energy facilities, road infrastructure, organizing modern industrial and logistics centers in food and agro-industrial spheres, production of textile, electrical products, building materials.

The head of our state Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that the agreement reached to bring the volume of trade between our countries in the coming years to $ 3-4 billion opens wide opportunities for entrepreneurs of the two countries.

The visit of the President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan to Uzbekistan served to raise the relations between our countries to an even higher level. The inked documents and reached agreements will undoubtedly help bolster the friendship between our fraternal peoples.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

Another group of Afghan youth arrived in Termez

The educational center for training Afghan citizens at the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Special Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan held a solemn ceremony of meeting a group of youth who came from a neighboring state to gain knowledge, in Termez, Surkhandarya region.

Tashkent International High-Level Conference on Afghanistan "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity", organized in March of this year on the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, determined prospects of establishing peace in Afghanistan and its sustainable development.

It should be noted that two neighboring states are proposing to implement another strategic project. This project is on extending the railway to Herat – Khayraton – Mazar-i Sharif, built by Uzbekistan’s specialists and contributing to the increase of transit potential of Afghanistan. After implementation of such a large-scale creative work in the neighboring state, the demand for specialists in the sphere will increase.

Luxurious multi-story educational building, comfortable accommodation, an information and resource center, sports hall and playgrounds, dining room are at the disposal of Afghan students. Language centers and laboratories of the center are equipped for comprehensively learning chemistry and physics, the railway transport system. There are also centers of household, trade services.

The Information and Resource Center has necessary educational literature on technical and economic and socio-humanitarian areas, art and socio-political literature, more than 50 feature and documentary films, audio CDs created by Uzbek filmmakers. More than 700 electronic books in Latin alphabet have been added to the electronic library system.

Currently, 96 Afghan youth are deeply studying the Uzbek language and literature in the educational institution.

Participants of the event got acquainted with opportunities and conditions created for students. A concert program gave a festive mood to everyone.

(Source: UzA)

On the 45th session of the council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the OIC

On May 5-6, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdujabar Abduvakhitov took part in the 45th session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

The session was attended by delegations of OIC member countries, heads of a number of international organizations and financial institutions.

By tradition, the meeting began with a brief ceremony of transferring the chairmanship of the OIC Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs from Côte d'Ivoire to Bangladesh. As stated, Bangladesh has chosen “Islamic values for sustainable peace, solidarity and development” as its motto.

The heads of ministries of foreign affairs of the OIC member states discussed current international and regional problems, prospects for further development of multilateral cooperation in political, trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres, considered issues of the OIC activity.

In the speech of the Uzbek delegation it was noted that the Republic of Uzbekistan is taking practical steps to contribute to the development of Islamic civilization. In particular, construction of the complex of buildings of Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand is being completed, active work has begun at the ISESCO Special Department at Tashkent Islamic University.

Participants of the session became acquainted with constructive ideas and initiatives on development of science, technology and innovations forwarded by the Head of our state at the first OIC Summit on Science and Technology in September 2017 in Astana. Their attention was drawn to the proposal on holding the second Summit in 2020 in Uzbekistan.

On the initiative of the Uzbek delegation, the 45th session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of OIC adopted resolutions “On holding the second OIC Summit on Science and Technology in 2020 in Uzbekistan”, “On establishment of the Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent”, “On establishment of the International Islamic Center for Young Scientists in Uzbekistan”.

In addition, in the relevant resolutions of the CMFA session, the importance and relevance of the International High-Level Conference on Afghanistan "Peace process, security cooperation and regional connectivity", held in Tashkent on March 26-27, 2018 was noted.

(Source: UzA)

Uzbekistan appoints new Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

Uzbekistan appointed a new Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

According to the press service of the Uzbek Foreign Ministry, Ulugbek Maksudov has been appointed as the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Uzbekistan to Saudi Arabia. On 6 May 2018, Ulugbek Maksudov left for the city of Riyadh.

Prior to this appointment, he worked as the head of the department of the Office for Cooperation with Middle and Near East countries of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan, and earlier - Consul General of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Jiddah (Saudi Arabia).

(Source: UzDaily.com)

Lithuania FM arrives in Uzbekistan

On May 7, 2018, a delegation of the Republic of Lithuania led by Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Antanas Linkevičius arrived in Tashkent.

The program of the visit includes meetings and negotiations at the Legislative Chamber of the Oliy Majlis of Uzbekistan, the ministries of foreign affairs, foreign trade, agriculture, State Committee for Investments, as well as participation in the round table discussion of representatives of business circles of the two countries.

(Source: UzA)

On the forthcoming Uzbekistan – Belgium political consulting

On May 9, 2018, a regular round of Uzbekistan – Belgium inter-MFA political consultations will take place in Brussels.

Within the framework of the event, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan led by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdujabar Abduvakhitov will also take part in the seminar on “Central Asia and the EU through the prism of international initiatives of Uzbekistan”, will hold presentations on trade, economic, investment and tourism potential of Uzbekistan, meet and hold negotiations with the leading economic structures.

(Source: UzA)

 

MAY 9 - DAY OF MEMORY AND HONOR

Sadness and Bitterness with Pride

Memory Square is one of the most beloved places of Tashkent dwellers and guests of the capital. Any day, in any weather, people come here to remember those who fell on the fronts of the Second World War, sacrificing their lives for the happiness of the Motherland.

It is beautiful and clean at any time of the year, but in the spring the magnificence of nature fills the soul with a special charm. And in these May days, standing at the sacred square, it’s hard not to admire the lush greenery of trees and grass, the rainbow of flowers. But the eastern colonnades with pages of the Book of Remembrance and the monument of the Grieving Mother at the Eternal Flame give thoughts a different direction, bringing sorrow and bitterness. Everyone seems to condescend to some kind of pacification and thoughts about the eternal, thoughts of the Fatherland and the feat.

How can one not remember here, for example, that out of the six million population of the republic in those stormy years more than 1.5 million went to the front, and more than 500 thousand of our compatriots did not return home? These figures do not fit in the head, they “beat” directly into the heart, filling it with pain. After all, it was someone’s fathers and sons, someone’s brothers and sisters, friends and loved ones...

When you leaf through the gilded pages of the Book of Remembrance, the feeling of bitterness becomes simply all-encompassing. It would seem that only the name, initials, year of birth and death - this book is so concise, but it ‘cuts’ the soul. After all, each name entails a tragic frontal fate, someone’s military feat!

Having visited the Memory Square for even a short time, breathing in even a little bit the air of this sacred place, after reading some lines from the Book of Remembrance, you leave from here a little different person. And one may want to learn more about the most terrible war in the history of mankind, about the contribution of our compatriots to the Great Victory.

In 1995, in connection with the 50th anniversary of the Victory over fascism, 34 volumes of the Book of Remembrance were published first among the CIS nations in our country. It included the names of 431 thousand Uzbek soldiers killed at the fronts, in military hospitals and German concentration camps, as well as missing persons.

Then came another, an additional volume of the Book with the names of those who disappeared without a trace. It is difficult to read this volume without a piercing pain in the heart. The name, surname, year of birth and this wording that causes so many questions - “missing”. I cannot imagine what the relatives experienced when receiving a triangle letter with such words! After all, along with the understanding that the trouble has come, there remained a hope that, apparently, did not die for years.

Take, for example, Sodik Ahmedov who disappeared in August 1941, at the very start of the war. Perhaps the first fight of the twenty-year-old Andijan boy turned out to be the last, and his body remained on the ground, permanently occupied by the enemy...

And Viktor Yegorov from Yangiyul was missing in May 1945! How many days or even hours remained before the festive salute! And where did this 22-year-old warrior from Uzbekistan find death? Maybe at the walls of the Reichstag, a step away from the great Victory...

An inexorable war spared no one. You get convinced in this by encountering women’s names in this volume. Aristan Ahmedova from the Tashkent region disappeared in November 1942. Perhaps she was dragging a wounded soldier off the battlefield when a ruthless fascist sniper took her to fly his rifle...

Missing... How much tragedy and mourn these words carry as secrets about a specific person... And they gave their lives for the happiness of the Motherland!

The peculiarity of the Day of Memory and Honor and the bright side of this holiday is in a sense of pride that is there even decades after the end of the war, a feeling of admiration for the power, for a great nation that did not let pass the “brown plague”.

As, for example, how can one not be proud of our capital, whose contribution to the Victory is not measured by numbers, it is simply huge?! Tashkent was not bombed by enemy vultures, it did not repel tank attacks, nor did it have to endure a deadly blockade. But it can be called, without any exaggeration, a hero city.

From here, thousands and thousands of sons and daughters of Uzbekistan went to the front. There were women, old people and children. But their labor heroism, their selflessness is akin to a military feat. Trembling from the fierce cold or burning under the scorching rays of the sun, denying themselves everything, suffering simply unthinkable hardship, working on two shifts, they sent to the front the ever needed planes and guns, food and clothing. The motto “Everything for the front, everything for victory!” was realized at the cost of unparalleled courage, when people literally fell asleep at the machine tools.

The nobility of the Uzbek people during the war also became a legend. Tashkent sheltered thousands of families from the cities destroyed by the fascists, and orphaned children were surrounded by love in Uzbek families. In our capital, echelons with wounded fighters were constant from the frontline, and many of them were second-born thanks to Tashkent. Unfortunately, not all of them survived: in the capital’s memorial complex “Brotherly Graves” you can study, without geography textbooks, one-sixth of the Earth.

Tashkent became a haven for the great figures of culture and arts. In the harshest military hard times, Aleksey Tolstoy, Kornei Chukovsky, Arkady Raikin, Mark Bernes, Anna Akhmatova and many others found shelter and warmth here. Great films, poems and songs were created here, which ‘went’ into battle, because muses also fight.

Anna Akhmatova wrote from the Tashkent apartment in 1942: “Probably, I remember on the fly, how Tashkent fell asleep in bloom, all white flames enveloped, hot, fragrant, intricate.” Even now you are surprised by these optimistic lines, full of color and smell. The whole world was bleeding then, the outcome of the war was not at all clear, and our city gave people the scarcest thing at that time – Hope.

The city of high poplars, turquoise sky and a dazzlingly bright sun, the city of amazing inhabitants, ready to share the last bread – our beautiful capital was perceived thus in those thunderous years.

Nothing of this will ever be forgotten!

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

 

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