On 8-9 June President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev participated in summit of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Astana

The Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states continued with a meeting in extended session, joined by representative of observer states and international organizations.

The meeting was held under the chairmanship of President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping, President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev, President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon, the heads of delegations from observer states, President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, President of Belarus Alyaksandr Lukashenka, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, President of Mongolia Tsakhiagiin Elbegdorj, Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif, Foreign Affairs Minister of Iran Javad Zarif and SCO Secretary General Rashid Olimov participated in the meeting.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee – Executive Secretary Sergey Lebedev, Deputy Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization Amanzhol Zhankuliyev and ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh were present at the meeting.

In the past years, the SCO took up a firm position in the international arena as a prestigious inter-state organization and became an effective mechanism for multi-lateral cooperation.

At the Tashkent summit of the SCO that took place in the year 2016, memorandums were signed on obligations of India and Pakistan for gaining the status of SCO member states.

At the Astana summit of the SCO, India and Pakistan officially became members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization. India and Pakistan gaining the status of SCO member states will increase the SCO’s potential and will help to further raise its role in the international arena as a multi-lateral mechanism for solving topical problems of the modern era, for ensuring security, stability and sustainable development in the region and the rest of the world.

The summit’s participants heard reports on the work of the Business Council and the Interbank Consortium of the SCO, and they praised it and recommended that these structures step up the work directed towards providing practical help in ensuring steady socio-economic development within the SCO, including through macroeconomic financial stability, industrial infrastructure modernization, an improvement in mechanisms of financing investment projects and the development of direct contacts between business circles and financial structures of SCO member states.

In his speech, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev drew the attention of the summit’s participants to the need to improve the situation in Afghanistan, and said that all the countries of the world were threatened by the ongoing violence in that country.

It is necessary to counter this threat by consolidating the world community’s efforts and stepping up the joint fight against it.

Inter-state cooperation is of important significance to protecting young people from various alien ideas and to creating conditions for them to get modern education and upbringing.

The creation of an Imam Bukhari international scientific research centre in the city of Samarqand with help from the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation will be an important step towards strengthening international and intercultural relations, said the Head of State.

The President said that Uzbekistan is in favour of the further strengthening of trade-economic links between SCO member states and the rapid development of the sphere of transportation and supply lines within the One Belt, One Road project.

The construction of a railway line China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan will help our countries gain access to the world market.

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted the necessity of holding meetings of the railway chiefs of the SCO member states.

The Shanghai Cooperation Organization presidency passed to the People’s Republic of China.

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The Astana summit of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has concluded its work.

Following the meeting of the Council of Heads of State, the Astana declaration has been adopted, which reflects the main directions of further developing practical interactions and pronounces a common endeavour to undertake maximum efforts for enhancing and deepening multilateral cooperation.

At the meeting with the representatives of mass media, it was underlined that the summit meeting was productive, the signed documents will serve to further develop cooperation among the SCO member-states.

The Heads of State, underscoring that the SCO summit was organized on a high level, expressed gratitude to the Kazakh side for a warm welcome and hospitality.

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Within the frameworks of the SCO summit in Astana, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the allotted residence for him has met with President of the Kyrgyz Republic Almazbek Atambayev.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev has underlined that this meeting with the President of Kyrgyzstan serves to reinforce and enhance cooperation between our countries, enrich the agreements, reached during the meeting in Samarkand, with a new content.

Almazbek Atambayev has noted that the fraternal relations of the Uzbek and Kyrgyz nations, common customs and traditions are an important factor in steady development of the mutual cooperation.

The exchanges between the two countries has increased in recent times. The Heads of State regularly conduct telephone conversations, the governmental and regional delegations are exchanged. The reciprocal visits of the civil society representatives of our countries to Andijan and Osh have been organized.

The Presidents have discussed the issues of developing the political dialogue and boosting social-economic relations, exchanged views on several regional and international issues of mutual interest.

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President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has met with Prime Minister of the Republic of India Narendra Modi at the SCO summit in Astana.

The Head of our state has congratulated the Prime Minister of India on the upcoming adoption of India as a full-fledged member of the SCO during the summit.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev has highlighted that this meeting is a good opportunity to discuss the pace of implementing the agreements, reached during the visit of the Prime Minister of India to our country in 2016 and to determine prospects of further developing bilateral cooperation.

Narendra Modi expressed sincere gratitude for Uzbekistan’s firm support of the membership of India in the SCO. He underlined that this historical event will create principally new opportunities for developing further multifaceted bilateral partnership, allow to enhance regional cooperation in the sphere of security, trade-economic and investment spheres.

The Prime Minister of India once again has congratulated Shavkat Mirziyoyev on his election as the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and expressed confidence in further development of the cooperation between our countries, based on mutual trust.

The parties have discussed the issues of further enhancing relations between Uzbekistan and India.

It was underscored that a significance is attached to political dialogue. Mutual willingness to further develop contacts on the highest and high levels, regularly conduct political consultations, continue mutual support within the frameworks of international organizations has been re-affirmed.

The sides have highlighted that in 2016 the trade turnover increased by 15 per cents and reached 366 million US dollars. However, this indicator is far below the potential of the two countries, Uzbekistan and India are able to increase the volumes and diversify the structure of the mutual trade.

Car parts manufacturing with “Minda” company at the Navoi free economic zone, modern full-cycle enterprises, manufacturing medicines and injection drugs in Surkhandarya and ashkent regions with “Novafarm” and “Ultra Heathcare” companies are successful examples of the investment cooperation.

The parties have considered the possibilities of joint implementation of prospective projects in such spheres as development of joint software products and manufacturing telecommunications equipment, processing of fruits and vegetables, deep processing of raw silk and leather, manufacturing and exporting finished products, production of wide assortment of car parts, electrotechnical goods, household chemicals and plant protection products.

Uzbekistan, considering rich experience of India, has expressed interest in establishing long-term cooperation in pharmaceuticals.

 (Source: UzA)


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