Wel­com­ing The OSCE Sec­re­tary Gen­eral

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On Novem­ber 9, the Pres­i­dent of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan Shavkat Mirziy­oyev re­ceived the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion for Se­cu­rity and Co-op­er­a­tion in Europe (OSCE) Thomas Greminger.

The head of our state con­grat­u­lated a prom­i­nent Swiss diplo­mat on his ap­point­ment to a high and re­spon­si­ble post, em­pha­siz­ing the in­ter­est of Uzbek­istan in more ac­tive in­ter­ac­tion with the OSCE, strength­en­ing of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing on all is­sues of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion’s man­date.

In our coun­try, the visit of the OSCE Sec­re­tary Gen­eral and his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the forth­com­ing in­ter­na­tional con­fer­ence in Sa­markand is con­sid­ered as con­fir­ma­tion of the in­ter­est of the Or­ga­ni­za­tion to­wards the car­di­nal changes in all spheres of life in Uzbek­istan, in­clud­ing the process of de­moc­ra­ti­za­tion, en­sur­ing hu­man rights, free­doms and in­ter­ests, im­prov­ing in­vest­ment cli­mate, and other key as­pects of large-scale re­forms.

Thomas Greminger highly ap­pre­ci­ated the con­sis­tent and con­struc­tive steps of Uzbek­istan to­wards strength­en­ing re­la­tions with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries, in­clud­ing with Afghanistan. The dis­tin­guished guest ex­pressed his con­fi­dence that the re­sults of the up­com­ing Sa­markand fo­rum, un­prece­dented in terms of the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants and rep­re­sen­ta­tion, will make it pos­si­ble to achieve new dy­nam­ics of regional co­op­er­a­tion, strengthen mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and trust in this strate­gi­cally im­por­tant re­gion.

The guest es­pe­cially noted that the pri­or­ity ar­eas of the De­vel­op­ment Strat­egy of Uzbek­istan for the next five years are fully in tune with the goals and pri­or­i­ties of the OSCE in all ar­eas: se­cu­rity, eco­nomice­co­log­i­cal and hu­man di­men­sions.

The sup­port and readi­ness of the OSCE and its of­fice in Uzbek­istan for joint work, ex­change of ex­pe­ri­ence and ex­pert as­sis­tance in im­ple­men­ta­tion of on­go­ing re­forms in the coun­try on a long-term ba­sis was ex­pressed.

At the meet­ing, other is­sues on the OSCE agenda, in­clud­ing cur­rent regional and in­ter­na­tional is­sues were also dis­cussed.

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