Pres­i­dent At­tends CIS Sum­mit in Sochi

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On 10-11 Oc­to­ber 2017, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev took part in the ses­sion of the Coun­cil of the Heads of State of the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States, in the city of Sochi, Rus­sia.

Heads of the CIS mem­ber na­tions first held a meet­ing in a con­tracted for­mat. They dis­cussed prospects of con­sol­i­da­tion of co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of the Com­mon­wealth, is­sues of im­prov­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of this re­gional in­sti­tu­tion, and ex­changed views on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional af­fairs.

The CIS was set up un­der the Agree­ment on the Es­tab­lish­ment of the Com­mon­wealth of In­de­pen­dent States, signed 8 De­cem­ber 1991, and the Pro­to­col to this agree­ment of De­cem­ber 21, 1991. Mem­bers of this re­gional as­so­ci­a­tion are the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan, the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan, the Repub­lic of Ar­me­nia, the Repub­lic of Be­larus, the Repub­lic of Kaza­khstan, the Kyr­gyz Repub­lic, the Repub­lic of Moldova, the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion, Turk­menistan, the Repub­lic of Ta­jik­istan and Ukraine. The ex­ec­u­tive, ad­min­is­tra­tive and co­or­di­nat­ing body of the CIS is the Ex­ec­u­tive Com­mit­tee.

Uzbek­istan ac­tively par­tic­i­pates in mul­ti­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion within the frame­work of the CIS, which con­trib­utes to the de­vel­op­ment of re­la­tions of our coun­try with the Com­mon­wealth mem­ber states in var­i­ous spheres.

Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev noted the in­ter­est of Uzbek­istan in de­vel­op­ing co­op­er­a­tion with the Com­mon­wealth coun­tries in trade, eco­nomic, in­vest­ment, trans­port, tourism, sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and se­cu­rity spheres. Since early this year, the trade turnover between our coun­try and the CIS coun­tries has in­creased by 20 per­cent.

Uzbek­istan in­tends to fur­ther in­ten­sify par­tic­i­pa­tion in this struc­ture. On Novem­ber 3, a meet­ing of the CIS Coun­cil of Heads of Govern­ment will be held in Tashkent.

The head of our state noted the need to strengthen con­fi­dence and co­op­er­a­tion between the mem­ber states, to de­velop and im­ple­ment new, con­crete projects within the frame­work of the Com­mon­wealth.

The trans­port and com­mu­ni­ca­tions sec­tor is a strate­gi­cally im­por­tant area of co­op­er­a­tion. De­vel­op­ment of mu­tu­ally in­te­grated trans­port sys­tems, full uti­liza­tion of the enor­mous tran­sit po­ten­tial of the Com­mon­wealth meets the in­ter­ests of all its par­tic­i­pants. An im­por­tant role in this process is played by the im­prove­ment of ad­min­is­tra­tive process and pro­vi­sion of mu­tual pref­er­ences.

It was noted that the op­por­tu­ni­ties in the sphere of tourism are not fully uti­lized, the need to an­a­lyze the ex­ist­ing po­ten­tial and take con­crete mea­sures for its im­ple­men­ta­tion was in­di­cated.

Par­tic­i­pants of the meet­ing paid at­ten­tion to the sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan. Is­sues of joint strug­gle against the le­gal­iza­tion of pro­ceeds from crime, cor­rup­tion, ter­ror­ism, drug traf­fick­ing and other threats were dis­cussed.

The is­sue of the pre­sid­ing state in the Com­mon­wealth was con­sid­ered. By the de­ci­sion of the meet­ing, the chair­man­ship in this re­gional in­sti­tu­tion will pass to the Repub­lic of Ta­jik­istan in 2018.

Pres­i­dent of our coun­try Shavkat Mirziy­oyev in this re­gard con­grat­u­lated Pres­i­dent Emo­mali Rah­mon and wished him suc­cess in car­ry­ing out this im­por­tant mis­sion.

Heads of states con­tin­ued ne­go­ti­a­tions in an ex­panded for­mat.

Is­sues such as im­prov­ing ac­tiv­i­ties of the In­ter-par­lia­men­tary As­sem­bly of the Com­mon­wealth, de­vel­op­ment of ac­tiv­i­ties of the Coun­cil of For­eign Min­is­ters and the Eco­nomic Coun­cil, the an­nounce­ment of the cul­tural cap­i­tals of the CIS in sub­se­quent years, were dis­cussed at the meet­ing.

State­ment of the Heads of State of the CIS on sup­port­ing fam­ily in­sti­tu­tion and tra­di­tional fam­ily val­ues, the de­ci­sion on declar­ing 2019 as the Year of Book, 2020 – the Year of the 75th an­niver­sary of Vic­tory in the Great Pa­tri­otic War of 1941-1945, were adopted.

Con­cepts of co­op­er­a­tion of the CIS mem­ber states in the field of com­bat­ing the le­gal­iza­tion of pro­ceeds from crime, fi­nanc­ing of ter­ror­ism and pro­lif­er­a­tion of weapons of mass de­struc­tion, as well as cor­rup­tion, were ap­proved.

Other doc­u­ments aimed at strength­en­ing in­ter­ac­tion between the mem­ber states of the Com­mon­wealth were also adopted.

On the side­lines of the sum­mit, Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev met with Pres­i­dent of the Rus­sian Fed­er­a­tion Vladimir Putin.

The leader of our coun­try, ex­press­ing his deep sat­is­fac­tion with this meet­ing, par­tic­u­larly noted that the strate­gic part­ner­ship and al­lied re­la­tions between Uzbek­istan and Rus­sia are be­ing en­riched with new prac­ti­cal sub­stance.

Vladimir Putin, wel­com­ing Shavkat Mirziy­oyev in Sochi, em­pha­sized that the agree­ments reached dur­ing the state visit of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan to Rus­sia in April of this year are be­ing con­sis­tently im­ple­mented and giv­ing their re­sults.

Co­op­er­a­tion between Uzbek­istan and Rus­sia is dy­nam­i­cally de­vel­op­ing on the ba­sis of the Treaty on strate­gic part­ner­ship signed on June 16, 2004 and the Treaty on al­lied re­la­tions of Novem­ber 14, 2005. Our coun­tries are co­op­er­at­ing ef­fec­tively within the frame­work of such in­ter­na­tional struc­tures as the UN, the SCO, and the CIS.

Within a short pe­riod af­ter the state visit of the Pres­i­dent of Uzbek­istan to Rus­sia, mu­tual con­tacts have sig­nif­i­cantly in­ten­si­fied. The spec­trum of co­op­er­a­tion cov­ered new spheres. In re­cent months, a num­ber of vis­its have taken place at in­ter­gov­ern­men­tal and in­ter­re­gional level.

Rus­sia is one of the im­por­tant trade and eco­nomic part­ners of Uzbek­istan. In our coun­try, large in­vest­ment projects are be­ing im­ple­mented with par­tic­i­pa­tion of lead­ing com­pa­nies and banks of Rus­sia. There is an in­crease in all in­di­ca­tors of ex­ports and im­ports. Since the be­gin­ning of the year, the trade turnover has ex­ceeded 3 bil­lion dol­lars.

Busi­ness­men of the two coun­tries con­cluded a solid pack­age of promis­ing agree­ments dur­ing Uzbek­istan – Rus­sia busi­ness fo­rum that was re­cently held in Tashkent.

In­ten­si­fi­ca­tion of co­op­er­a­tion between in­dus­trial sec­tors, ex­pan­sion of busi­ness con­tacts between busi­ness­men, strength­en­ing cul­tural and hu­man­i­tar­ian re­la­tions between our peo­ple was em­pha­sized. It was noted that the re­cent visit of Pa­tri­arch Kir­ill of Moscow and All Rus­sia to Uzbek­istan also served to strength­en­ing of friend­ship and mu­tual un­der­stand­ing between our peo­ple.

At the meet­ing, is­sues of fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion were dis­cussed. Views were ex­changed on re­gional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues of mu­tual in­ter­est.

Meet­ing of the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev with the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Be­larus Alexan­der Lukashenko was held.

Shavkat Mirziy­oyev em­pha­sized that re­la­tions between Uzbek­istan and Be­larus be­came more ac­tive af­ter the meet­ing that was held in Sa­markand in 2016, the vol­ume of mu­tual trade in­creased sig­nif­i­cantly. It was noted that the economies of the two coun­tries com­ple­ment each other, there are large un­used op­por­tu­ni­ties for co­op­er­a­tion in the spheres of agri­cul­ture, tex­tile and food in­dus­tries, me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing and oth­ers.

Alexan­der Lukashenko noted that Be­larus is in­ter­ested in de­vel­op­ing a com­pre­hen­sive part­ner­ship with Uzbek­istan.

Be­larus con­sid­ers Uzbek­istan as an im­por­tant eco­nomic part­ner in Cen­tral Asia. Re­la­tions between our coun­tries are de­vel­op­ing on the ba­sis of prin­ci­ples of friend­ship and in­ter­est.

Is­sues of es­tab­lish­ment of joint ven­tures, ex­pan­sion of the net­work of trad­ing houses, de­vel­op­ment of co­op­er­a­tion in the sphere of deep pro­cess­ing of raw ma­te­ri­als were dis­cussed.

Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev in­vited the Pres­i­dent of Be­larus Alexan­der Lukashenko to visit Uzbek­istan.

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