Mirziyoyev: Central Asia is a region of unique opportunities and huge potential

Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has called for putting an end to disputes in Central Asia and making joint efforts to achieve stability, economic development and prosperity in the region.

Speaking at the international conference “Central Asia: one history and common future, cooperation for sustainable development and mutual prosperity” in Samarkand, Uzbek leader said that Uzbekistan supports resolution of existing disputes among the Central Asian states. He said that the states should strengthen mutual trust.

Mirziyoyev stated that Central Asian states can effectively implement their potential in the trade, economic, transport, communications, cultural and humanitarian fields, as well as in the issues of security and stability. He said that both the Central Asian and other states will win from this.

“Our main goal is to make Central Asia a stable, economically developed and prosperous region," the Uzbek president said.

Uzbek leader called to tackle the causes of conflicts among the states in the region. "He said that the Central Asian states need to jointly eliminate conditions and causes that feed and trigger conflict potential, and to ensure common prospects for national development with region-wide priorities.

President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that within the conference Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan signed an agreement on the point where the borders of the three states meet. He said the deal will strengthen relations among the nations.

“By resolving border problems, we will establish a firm foundation for expanding trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation among our countries,” he added.

During his speech, Uzbek leader also called for cooperation within international organizations in Afghanistan’s integration to regional economic processes.

He stated that Uzbekistan will continue actively participate in economic revival of Afghanistan, development of its transport and energy industries.

Uzbek President also spoke about fighting extremism and terrorism. He believes that fighting extremist ideas will guarantee stability and prosperity in Central Asia.

“The fight against the extremist ideology, which most often affects young people who are just starting their personal lives, is a priority area for ensuring stability and sustainable development in Central Asia,” he noted.

Uzbek president also listed six concrete tasks for the Central Asian states to achieve decent future. He said that the region should develop trade relations via creating favourable conditions and developing logistics.

He said that the countries of the region should deepen cooperation to ensure security and stability. The President reiterated that the fair use of water in the region should be achieved based on international norms that meet the interests of all sides. H

Mirziyoyev pointed out the need to strengthen cultural and humanitarian relations between the Central Asian states.

He also called to adopt the UN Convention on youth rights as almost 60% of 70 million population of the Central Asian region are youth. He said this will prevent radicalization of youth and ensure their social rehabilitation.

“Central Asia is in fact a region of unique opportunities and huge unrealized potential. Ensuring sustainable development, stability and prosperity in the region is our common and achievable goal,” he said.

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