As it was reported earlier, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part in the of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting of Council of the Heads of State in the city of Ufa, Russia, on July 9-10.
The major events of the summit took place on July 10. The session of the Council of the Heads of State of SCO member nations started with a meeting in contracted format. The talks were attended by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambaev, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, and President of the Republic Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
The meeting participants swapped visions on pressing issues of international and regional significance as well as prospects in the evolution of SCO.
It was noted in particular that the Organization provides with a good opportunity for practical dialogue and exchange of views on the effective solution of regional and global problems.
The SCO member countries’ heads of state continued negotiations at an extended format session that included also the leaders of observer nations, representatives of partners in dialogue and of international organizations.
In his speech, the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov expounded on issues like countering the contemporary threats and challenges attaining a global nature as well as the SCO’s expansion and improvement of its activities.
The speedily changing modern world, along with the steadfast growth in the influence and prominence of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in addressing the urgent issues of our times, the emergence of the Organization as an authentic factor of provision for security, stability and sustainable development today quite naturally leads to a growing desire of many states to be admitted as full-fledged members of the SCO, to join the ranks of observer nations as well as partners in dialogue. And that is a rather natural process, Islam Karimov stressed.
It is essential to stick by and secure the rigid course adopted by us and fixed in the Charter and in all fundamental documents of the SCO – the course that provides for the Organization to be not directed against other countries.
Put it in other way, it is imperative that we rule out “bloc mindset” and turning the SCO into a military-political alliance. We instead ought to preserve and further cement the adherence to those principles and objectives that the Organization was set up to further, the President of our country insisted.
The leader of Uzbekistan said that the Afghan crisis does not have a military solution, and that the single viable way out of the problem is peaceful political negotiations, achievement of internal consensus among confronting sides under financial-economic and humanitarian support from donor nations and the proactive participation of the United Nations.
As Afghanistan’s neighbor, Uzbekistan continues with providing that country with assistance, implementing projects on the construction of transport communications, supplying the population with electricity and humanitarian aid.
Uzbekistan will keep with building its relations with Afghanistan on the bilateral basis, deriving from the imperatives of both countries’ national interests and displaying respect for the choice of the Afghan people.
The presidency in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization passes to Uzbekistan. In this regard, President Islam Karimov noted that our country assumes the responsible mission of the chairmanship in the SCO in the upcoming year when the 15th anniversary of the Organization will be celebrated, which quite naturally should raise the common responsibility for the successful realization of plans envisioned for future.
As the presiding state, Uzbekistan intends to strictly adhere to and comply by the principles of continuity and consistent consolidation and promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation that meets the interests of SCO nations, as well as the provision for the growth in the prestige of the Organization in the international arena.
Pending solution remains the elaboration of measures dedicated to bolster joint efforts to combat terrorism, extremism and separatism, working out adequate answers to contemporary challenges to international and regional security, ensuring sustainable development of economies and humanitarian advancement in all the countries participating in the Organization.
A great significance will be attached to measures designed to enhance interaction among member states with an aim to boost the role of the SCO as a reliable guarantor of stability and development in the region as well as to further amplify the relations with the United Nations, other international organizations and interested countries.
Within the framework of its chairmanship in the Organization, Uzbekistan is willing to pay constant attention to encouraging effective region-wide cooperation in the cultural-humanitarian and scientific-educational fields, Islam Karimov underscored.
As the outcome of the summit meeting, participants approved the Ufa Declaration, the SCO Development Strategy toward 2025 and the Cooperation Program in Countering Terrorism, Separatism and Extremism for 2016-2018. Also signed were the decisions to launch the accession process of India and Pakistan to the SCO, to grant observer status to Belarus and partners in dialogue to Azerbaijan, Armenia, Cambodia and Nepal.
As part of the Ufa summit, the President of Uzbekistan met with President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping on 10 July. The two sides discussed the current state of bilateral ties and prospects of their development.
Islam Karimov noted that the Uzbek-Chinese relations have been advancing on the basis of negotiations between the heads of the two states built on friendship and mutual confidence.
A number of wide-ranging projects are being implemented in cooperation with the PRC in the economy, transport and communications, education and other spheres. The Central Asia-China gas pipeline, the electrified railroad Angren-Pap, the establishment of enterprises in Angren to manufacture tires for cars, agricultural machinery and conveyor belt all are the practical results of successful cooperation.
Especially noteworthy is the fact that the volumes of trade turnover between the two countries has tripled in the last six years. In 2008, the indicator was 1.5 billion dollars, while in 2014 it reached 4.7 billion.
Xi Jinping reiterated his congratulations for the head of our state on the victory in presidential elections that took place in March earlier this year, and expressed conviction that the people of Uzbekistan led by Islam Karimov will achieve even greater accomplishments in all walks of life.
The President of the PRC said that China has assigned a grant totaling 350 million yuans as technical assistance to support reforms in healthcare, education and IT development in Uzbekistan.
The two sides also exchanged views on cooperation issues within the frameworks of the SCO.
On the same day, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
As it was noted, the meeting is taking place in the year when the two sides mark the 10th anniversary of the establishment of alliance relations between Uzbekistan and Russia and provides with a fine opportunity to trade opinions on all priority and prospective dimensions of bilateral cooperation.
The Presidents of the two countries discussed issues related to political, economic and humanitarian interaction. The leaders swapped views on pressing issues in regional security.
Uzbekistan and Russia have been cooperating actively within the frameworks of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and the Commonwealth of Independent States.
Russia is one of Uzbekistan’s major trade-economic and investment partners. The volume of commerce turnover between our two nations has been growing steadily. The indicator exceeded 6 billion dollars in 2014.
Vladimir Putin invited Islam Karimov to the Russian Federation with state visit.