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01/09/11 - Foreign leaders congratulate President with Independence Day

posted 15 Jan 2012, 05:07 by Ambasciata Uzbekistan
Heads of foreign states, governments, international organizations, politicians and public figures have sent letters to President Islam Karimov, congratulating the head of the state and the people of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of independence of the country.

In his message to the President, Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-Moon said that over the past 20 years, Uzbekistan has firmly established itself as an independent state, UzA informs.

“You have made significant progress in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), such as education and healthcare, addressing impacts of climate change and environmental degradation, which had made a significant impact on your country,” the head of the UN wrote.

Uzbekistan plays a crucial role in regional relations, he continued, once again expressing gratitude for the support provided by Uzbekistan during the tragic events in southern Kyrgyzstan last year.

“Equally important are your efforts in economic recovery and establishment of peace and security in Afghanistan, as well as leadership in regional initiatives. Your continued participation in this activity is indispensable for stability both in Afghanistan and Central Asia in general,” Ban Ki-Moon stressed.

“Uzbekistan is an important member of the UN. Your contribution in such areas as promotion of nuclear non-proliferation, sustainable development and solving problems caused by climate change is highly appreciated. I look forward to our continued cooperation in the future,” the UN Secretary-General said.

The following leaders also sent their greetings to the President of Uzbekistan:

Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh,

Servant of Two Holy Mosques, King of Saudi Arabia Abdullo bin Abdulaziz Ol Saud,

Crown Prince, Deputy Premier, Minister of Defense and Aviation, Inspector General of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Sultan bin Abdulaziz Ol Saud,

President of the United Arab Emirates Khalifa bin Zoid Ol Nahayon,

Vice President, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, Dubai governor Muhammad bin Rashid Ol Maktoum,

Federal President of Austria Heinz Fischer,

President of the Republic of Portugal Anibal Cavaco Silva,

President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovich,

President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev,

President of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili,

Secretary General of the World Tourism Organization Taleb Rifai,

Chairman of the Hanjin Group, chairman of the Korean Air Cho Yang-Ho,

Chairman of the International Federation of Combined Martial Arts Chuck Norris and others.