Military reforms in Uzbekistan presented in Washington

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- On 29 November 2018, a briefing was held at the Embassy of Uzbekistan in Washington, DC, for representatives of political, defense and military educational circles of the United States, including senior Pentagon officials, and military attaches at foreign embassies accredited in the US capital. It was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.

Ambassador Javlon Vakhabov in his speech stressed that for the first time since the formation of the national Armed Forces in Uzbekistan from 26 to 30 November, large-scale military exercises were conducted in four stages involving all types of troops.

The objectives of the exercise were to test the ability of the Ministry of Defense in a timely manner to bring troops into high levels of combat readiness and to perform tasks to protect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of the country, repel military aggression and defeat the aggressor troops.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev personally visited the Chirchik training ground, where he observed the progress of these exercises, in which airborne, artillery, motorized rifle, tank, and special operations units took part.

During the briefing, it was noted that these exercises were conducted in strict accordance with the previously adopted commitments of Uzbekistan in relation to other states and are not directed against their interests. It was especially emphasized that this event does not demonstrate aggression, but is of a purely peaceful and defensive nature. It was stated that Uzbekistan bases its defense policy on the principles of peaceful coexistence of all countries, non-interference in the internal affairs of other states, respect for their sovereignty and independence, as well as the integrity and immutability of the existing interstate borders.

The embassy informed that over the past two years, major changes have been carried out in the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan aimed at creating a mobile, modern army. At the beginning of this year, a new defense doctrine was adopted. It was especially emphasized that for the first time its content has an open character, demonstrating the transparency of our defense policy. The fundamental principles of the new defense policy of Uzbekistan are the non-entry into military blocs, the prevention of the deployment of foreign military bases and facilities on their territory, the non-diversion of their military personnel beyond their borders to participate in peacekeeping operations abroad.

Last year, on the personal initiative of the head of state, the State Committee on Defense Industry was formed, uniting all relevant enterprises of the country. In the near future, this will provide the national army with weapons and military equipment of domestic production.

It was stated that in the new rating of military power of the world (Military Strength Ranking), published annually by the specialized analytical structure Global Firepower, the army of Uzbekistan on this indicator only rose from the 48th to the 39th place in the last year.

Special attention is paid to the social protection of servicemen and their families, the creation of necessary social conditions in military camps, the implementation of comprehensive programs for the provision of housing for servicemen.

Particularly highlighted is the fact that, on a systematic basis, work is being done to enhance the role of local government bodies in strengthening the country’s defense capability, patriotic education of youth, and ensuring the unity of the army and the people. Significantly increased the prestige of military service among the youth of the republic.

Attendees briefed on the changes in the field of military training. In particular, at the initiative of the head of state, a new Academy of the Armed Forces was reorganized on the basis of the Tashkent Higher All-Arms Command School, equipped with the latest teaching methods and technologies, modern simulators, educational laboratory equipment and computer equipment.

In general, the briefing at the Embassy demonstrated the presence of serious interest among the participants in the event to the progress of reforms in the defense sector of Uzbekistan.

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