UN Initiates New Platform
The UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy in Central Asia (UNRCCA) has organized a meeting of the foreign ministers of Central Asia and Afghanistan in Ashgabat, where the new format “Central Asian countries – Afghanistan” was initiated.
The agenda included topical issues of regional policy and security. The session was opened by Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov. He spoke about the role of the UN Regional Center for Preventive Diplomacy for Central Asia.
The UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Central Asia, Head of the UNRCCA, Natalia German, noted that the Central Asian region has accumulated experience in resolving conflict situations through the use of preventive diplomacy and the negotiation process. She expressed her hope that the new consultative format of the “Central Asian Countries – Afghanistan” (C5 + 1) is intended to be an effective platform for discussing the entire range of regional issues, as well as developing joint measures for peace and sustainable development with the support of the United Nations.
The meeting was continued by two plenary sessions: “Promoting dialogue, preventing conflicts: best practices, lessons and vision for the future” and “Preventive diplomacy in action: world experience, interaction of regional organizations and UN agencies”.
In his speech, the head of the Uzbek delegation, Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov informed about the fruitful results of the official visit of President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani to Uzbekistan and high-level talks held on 4-6 December at the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
With regard to Afghanistan, Uzbekistan has traditionally pursued a friendly policy based on the principles of mutual respect, equality and consideration of each other’s interests, supporting the government elected by the Afghan people.