President says relations with Central Asian neighbors Uzbekistan’s priority

Uzbekistan’s President-elect Shavkat Mirziyaev (official photo)

TASHKENT (TCA) — Speaking at a festive event in Tashkent commemorating the 26th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence on August 31, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said that building mutually beneficial cooperation with Central Asian states will remain the key priority of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy, Sputnik news agency reported.

“We clearly understand that the success of our reforms also depends on the external factor. That is why the development of friendly relations and mutually beneficial cooperation with the neighboring and other states, primarily with the Central Asian countries, is the most important aspect of Uzbekistan’s foreign policy,” President Mirziyoyev said.

The president pointed out that the country was working on boosting peace and stability, ethnic and civil consent in Uzbek society as well as on tackling the extremist and terror threats.

“We attach a great importance to bringing back to normal life those who lost the way and, having no knowledge and experience, fell under the influence of destructive ideas and movements,” Mirziyoyev said.

The Uzbek leader also named modernization and diversification of the country’s economy, improving the health and education systems, as well as housing and public utilities as priorities of Uzbekistan’s policy.

Since coming to power late last year, Mirziyoyev has taken a number of steps to improve Uzbekistan’s political and economic relations with next-door neighbors — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan. He has already paid visits to Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and plans to visit Kyrgyzstan next week.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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