INFORMATION DIGEST OF PRESS OF UZBEKISTAN # 202 October 13, 2017

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POLItiCs

President of Uzbekistan received the UN Special Rapporteur

International cooperation

Appointment

Uzbek delegation to participate in meeting of IMF and WB

PUBLICATIONS IN THE MEDIA

Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan: Reason prevails when ambitions are removed

CULTURE

Uzbekistan – Tajikistan: Holiday of friendship and accord


POLItiCs

President of Uzbekistan received the UN Special Rapporteur

On October 12, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Human Rights Council Ahmed Shaheed.

The Head of our state, welcoming the guest, noted with satisfaction the strengthening constructive and mutually beneficial cooperation of the Republic of Uzbekistan with the UN, its structures and institutions.

“Road maps” were adopted and are being implemented on further expanding bilateral partnership in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals, following the visits to Uzbekistan of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres and the High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein in May and June of this year, as well as meetings with them and participation in the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September.

It was emphasized that one of the priorities of the long-term Development Strategy of Uzbekistan and the program of full-scale cooperation with the UN is strengthening of interethnic consent and religious tolerance.

Today, representatives of more than 130 nations and nationalities, as well as 16 religious denominations are living in the country as one family in peace, tranquility, full consent and respect. All necessary conditions are created for implementing their rights and freedoms. The atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding in society, as well as interethnic and interreligious harmony is being strengthened.

The UN Special Rapporteur highly appreciated the new stage of reforms that are being held in Uzbekistan on development of civil society, ensuring tolerance and religious freedom, protecting the rights of believers and preventing their discrimination.

He emphasized the relevance and timeliness of the initiatives of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan that were noted at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.

In particular, he fully supported the proposal on adoption of a special resolution on “Enlightenment and religious tolerance”, as well as the establishment of the Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand and the Center for Islamic Civilization in Tashkent.

At the meeting, issues of improvement of the legislation on freedom of conscience and religious organizations, the adoption of coordinated measures and conduction of joint activities in the sphere of religion and interethnic relations, were also discussed.

The UN Special Rapporteur Ahmed Shaheed expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of our country Shavkat Mirziyoyev for the warm welcome and organization of a rich program of the visit, as well as confirmed readiness for further development of a systemic, open and constructive cooperation with the Republic of Uzbekistan.

(Source: UzA)

International cooperation

Appointment

On October 12, 2017, the newly appointed Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the United States of America Javlon Vakhabov, previously worked as First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan, left Tashkent for New York.

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

Uzbek delegation to participate in meeting of IMF and WB

On October 13-15, 2017, the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan consisting of Deputy Prime Minister Jamshid Kuchkarov and Chairman of the Central Bank Mamarizo Nurmuratov will take part in the Annual Meeting of the Boards of Governors of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank Group in Washington.

It is planned to approve the annual report and budget for the next year, as well as to discuss a wide range of issues of international economic development and financial activities.

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

PUBLICATIONS IN THE MEDIA

Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan: Reason prevails when ambitions are removed

The visit of Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev to Uzbekistan is not in itself a separate event, but a logical continuation of Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s state visit to Kyrgyzstan, the continuation of the implementation of the agreements reached there. Such was the comment provided by the Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov on the outcomes of last week’s talks of the two leaders in Tashkent.

And what is the major result of the state visit of Kyrgyzstan’s President to Uzbekistan?

According to A. Kamilov, the outcomes of the visit are very significant. “One can single out three most important documents. The first is the absolute completion of the delimitation of state borders. Our parliaments have ratified the corresponding agreement. During the visit, a protocol was signed and the instruments of ratification was exchanged. It was noted that the entire formal process was completed and the document took effect.

President of Uzbekistan: Could someone imagine that 85% of the state border we have delimitated? … Parliaments have already ratified the agreement within such a short period of time. Had there been no political will, would we have achieved this? Never! There would be many questions, as always, many reasons for both experts and parliamentarians.”

President of Kyrgyzstan: “I see and I hope that by December 1, we will sign the remaining 217 km of the state border, especially 40 kilometers of which have already been coordinated... Each checkpoint that used to be closed for years … how wonderful it is when it opens.”

The second important point is a new accord on confidence-building measures at the border and in the border areas. Earlier we could not sign it, as it was necessary to create certain conditions and to reach serious deals beforehand. As, for example, the signing of the agreement on the delimitation of our borders. And, as President Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev said unequivocally, “our frontiers, from the border of problems and confrontations, have turned into a border of peace, cooperation and mutual assistance and support.” This is a very great achievement in bilateral relations.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “We have no remaining problems at all. In fact, there are lots of issues, but owing to the political will of the two leaders we have found compromises. There are issues outstanding, but they are solvable.”

And the third document, which I would like to draw attention to in terms of our interaction in the field of security, is an agreement reached between the defense ministries of the two countries. This is also a new deal, we have been preparing it for a long time, and I hope it will help to cement cooperation on this front even more.”

President of Uzbekistan: “I will honestly tell you: we are talking about military cooperation for the first time. Life itself demands, and we are meeting it since it is alarming today around the region and in the global world.”

Assessing the results of the visit, one cannot but pay attention to the fact that several important documents having a trans-boundary connotation are virtually unlimited in time frames. Simply put, emphasis is placed on the continuity of bilateral relations. In this regard, the Foreign Minister stressed: “This applies to the use of the Kasansay reservoir basin. This issue has always been on the agenda. It’s been a source of great misunderstanding and a lot of problems. We’ve addressed it with due regard for the interests of both sides, and neither side is left to lose. The mere fact of sharing the water resources of this basin indefinitely in the interests of both countries means that we will really build our relations on a solid long-term basis.”

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “Leaders come and go, but the peoples remain in place.”

According to the head of the Foreign Ministry A. Kamilov, the political outcome of all the meetings and negotiations during the visits of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Kyrgyzstan and Almazbek Atambayev to Uzbekistan “is first and foremost a notable consolidation of mutual trust and the creation of a powerful legal basis for further advancement. And all this has been possible owing to the firm political will of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and, of course, the reciprocal movement of our Kyrgyz friends towards the implementation of such a friendly policy.

The culmination of all meetings, negotiations, signed documents was the achievement by the countries of the level of strategic partnership. The signed Declaration on Strategic Partnership, Consolidation of Friendship, Good-Neighborliness and Confidence between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic opens up extensive opportunities for establishing interaction in very important areas.”

President of Uzbekistan: “We signed the Declaration on Strategic Partnership, Consolidation of Friendship, Good Neighborliness and Confidence between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic. All this is based on the needs, desires and aspirations of our peoples. We, as leaders, are going to have these wishes fulfilled.”

President of Kyrgyzstan: “Today is one of the happiest days in my life, because we are doing what our peoples are waiting for.”

The documents signed and agreements reached during the visit create an excellent opportunity for entrepreneurs of the two nations.

Indicative of this was the outcome of the business forum held in Tashkent. As chairman of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Uzbekistan Adham Ikramov noted, over the past year, entrepreneurs of our countries have significantly increased the level of interaction, including through participation in exhibitions organized on the territory of our states. “I will cite an example: only after visiting three exhibitions organized in Bishkek and Osh by Uzbek entrepreneurs in September this year, 60 contracts worth more than $28 million were signed. Special attention should be paid to the event related to the resumption of activities of the border-customs post Kosonsoy between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan on September 21 this year in the Namangan region.”

For the year of 2016, commodity turnover amounted to 167.5 million US dollars, and for the first half of this year it already reached $ 146.7 million, an increase of 60% compared to the same period last year.

We are deeply convinced that the goal set by our Presidents – to bring the trade turnover between our states to $ 500 million - will be achieved in the very near future, and today all the prerequisites are there for this.”

Shavkat Mirziyoyev: “There are already concrete developments in this area. We are satisfied with the results of the joint business forum and the exhibition of products of our enterprises that were held today for the first time in many years.”

At the business forum, special emphasis was placed on boosting the volume of trade and creating joint production capacities, and the parties agreed on the intensification of direct contacts between regions and entrepreneurs of the two countries. Between the hokimiyat of Ferghana city and the Batken municipality, as well as the Namangan hokimiyat and the Jalal-Abad mayor’s office, agreements were signed on cooperation in the trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian spheres.

(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)

CULTURE

Uzbekistan – Tajikistan: Holiday of friendship and accord

In the Alisher Navoi state academic grand theatre of Uzbekistan, a ceremony took place on 11 October to open Days of Tajik Culture.

The event was attended by representatives of state and public organizations and the diplomatic corps accredited in this country, figures of culture and art of Tajikistan, young people and art enthusiasts.

B.Sayfullayev, the minister of culture of Uzbekistan; I.Mashrabov, the first deputy minister of culture of Tajikistan; and others said that cooperation between the two countries was developing consistently in all spheres, including in the sphere of culture.

Such cultural enlightenment events broadly show rich traditions and customs of the two countries and their achievements in the sphere of art and also help to further strengthen friendship between the two nations.

As part of the Days of Tajik Culture, a photo exposition entitled “Modern Tajikistan” and exhibitions of paintings and works of national craftsmanship were arranged in Tashkent.

During these events, it was said that the Uzbek and Tajik peoples, living side by side since ancient times, mutually enriched their culture and art and that these traditions were being given new substance today.

In the concert programme of artistes of Tajikistan, world classical music, Tajik national songs and dances were included.

The concert started with the “Mavrigi” dance ensemble’s performance. Performances of people’s artistes of Tajikistan, Saidkul Bilolov and Davlat Holov, and also Sharofat Usmanova, Amirjon Ruziyev and Fotima Mashrapova were met with loud applause by the audience.

“There are close spiritual and cultural links between our peoples. Days of Uzbek Culture took place in Tajikistan in May this year. Days of Tajik Culture taking place in Uzbekistan these days are indicative of the steady development of our cultural-humanitarian cooperation,” says Manuchehr Sharifzoda, the director of the Tajik state academic opera and ballet theatre.

As part of the Days of Tajik Culture, feature films by Tajik cinematographers are being shown in the Alisher Navoi cinema palace in Tashkent.

(Source: UzA)

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