President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part and delivered a speech at the fourth summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in the city of Shanghai.
CICA is an international forum dedicated to the consolidation of cooperation directed at ensuring peace, security and stability in Asia. The Conference currently unites 24 states. Nine countries and four international organizations are observers at CICA.
In his speech, the head of our state noted that there is scarcely any nation, society in the world today that would not express concern at the alarming, unbalanced political and economic developments in the contemporary world, which in its turn cannot but affect the construction of international security. Evaluating the situation currently unfolding in certain regions of the globe, one cannot but recognize the substantial aggravation of destabilizing factors, namely, the threats of use of force and burst of violence. Hardly mitigating have been the threats posed by international terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking, interethnic and interreligious enmity.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part October 24-25 in the regular session of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of the Heads of State, in the city of Minsk, Belarus.
The CIS summit meetings have for more than 20 years served as a convenient stage for candid consultations to agree on mutually suitable decisions, exchange views on important issues of interstate nature as well as regional and international affairs.
During the session in Minsk this time around, the issues discussed have included those concerning the further improvement of activities of the Commonwealth, consolidation of political, trade and economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian bonds among the member nations, along with the evolution of cooperation within international institutions.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov traveled October 16-17 to the Republic of Latvia with a state visit on the invitation of President Andris Berzins.
The visit’s major events were due October 17.
The official meeting ceremony of the high ranking guest took place at the palace of the Latvian President.
During the negotiations, the heads of our two states discussed the current state and prospects of bilateral relations and examined the major dimensions of cooperation in political, financial and economic, cultural and humanitarian areas. The two leaders exchanged views also on current issues of regional and international affairs.
As reported earlier, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov took part in the Bishkek session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of the Heads of State on September 12-13.
Major events of the summit meeting took place on September 13. The session of the SCO Council of the Heads of State started from a meeting in a constricted format. It was 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 of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon.
The leaders of member nations exchanged views on pressing international and regional issues as well as the prospects of SCO’s further development path.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov paid an official visit to the Russian Federation on April 14-15 at the invitation of President Vladimir Putin.
The political dialogue at the highest level has been regular in the relations between Uzbekistan and Russia. In April 2010, President Islam Karimov traveled to Moscow on an official visit. In his turn, Vladimir Putin was in Tashkent in June 2012, also on official visit, which produced, among other documents, the Declaration on the Enhancement of Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Russian Federation.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov visited December 5 Turkmenistan’s Ashgabat to take part in the regular session of Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Council of the Heads of State.
Prior to the summit, the presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan held a conversation. In a friendly environment underpinned by the spirit of mutual confidence and openness, Islam Karimov and Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov discussed the current state and prospects of Uzbek-Turkmen relations and the cooperation of our two countries within the CIS.
Later, the session of CIS Council of the Heads of State addressed a range of draft documents designed to enhance regional cooperation in economic and humanitarian spheres and that in security issues.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov paid an official visit to the Republic of Azerbaijan on October 11-12.
Not only the traditional hospitality, which the ancient land of Azerbaijan is famed for, but also a special sense of warmth, friendship and respect for our country was felt right from the very first minutes of the Uzbek delegation’s stay in Azerbaijan.
The relations between our two nations are not subject to the shifting political situation in international affairs, and rather are embedded in deep historical roots, in the community and similarity of national traditions, customs, language, culture and religion, with clearly designated guidelines. The latest history of our friendly ties is rich with examples when – at various levels – we earnestly extended our hand of help and support to each other.
President Islam Karimov’s official visit to Azerbaijan was primarily dedicated to bolstering the friendly bonds between our two countries, to implementing the deals reached earlier, to singling out prospective priorities in the evolution of bilateral cooperation.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov paid an official visit to Turkmenistan on October 1-2, at the invitation of President Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have always been tied with historical and close bonds of friendship, the solidarity of cultural and spiritual values, the proximity of languages, traditions and customs.
During the thoroughgoing talks between Islam Karimov and Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov held in a candid and confidential atmosphere, the sides have confirmed the community of interests and the availability of solid political will to comprehensively enhance the multilayered bilateral interaction. The parties noted also the immediacy and concurrence of positions and approaches to all the discussed current international and region issues.
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov traveled to the Republic of Korea with a state visit September 19-21 at the invitation of President Lee Myung-Bak.
In a sign of deep respect for the President of Uzbekistan, for Islam Karimov’s outstanding leadership qualities and his remarkable contribution to the promotion and consolidation of Uzbek-South Korean relations, the current trip has been granted the status of state visit on the initiative of the South Korean leader.
The state visit by President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to the Republic of Korea has opened a new page in the history of Uzbek-South Korean relations.
As it was noted during the meetings, the agreements reached and the documents signed are fully in sync with the longer-run interests of our two peoples and will facilitate the effective realization of the existing rich potential of cooperation. The two sides have reiterated their willingness to augment the strategic partnership, advance political dialogue and step up interaction in all areas for mutual benefit.
On the invitation of President Nursultan Nazarbaev, President Islam Karimov traveled to Kazakhstan on September 6-7 with an official visit.
The official ceremony of meeting the high-ranking guest took place at the Akorda Palace of Kazakhstan’s President. A guard of honor had lined up to meet the President of Uzbekistan. The leaders of our two countries rose to the podium, and paid tribute to state anthems of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Then, Islam Karimov and Nursultan Nazarbaev walked along the guard of honor.
During the talks in contracted and extended formats, the heads of state discussed in detail the key issues in the development of Uzbekistan-Kazakhstan relations, the current state of affairs in Central Asia and around it, along with pressing international issues of shared interest.