A delegation of Uzbekistan took part in the ministerial meeting of the dialogue "Central Asia + Japan"
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- The 7th Meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Central Asia + Japan Dialogue was held in Dushanbe on 18 May 2019, which was attended by the heads of foreign ministries of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Japan. This was reported by the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan.
The meeting discussed the prospects for practical cooperation of the countries participating in the Dialogue in the areas of trade, investment, development and tourism. A separate session was devoted to issues of regional security and cooperation in this area.
In his speech, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov noted that for 15 years Dialogue has become an important platform for interaction between Japan and the countries of Central Asia in the field of economics, transport, energy, tourism, education, culture and other fields.
Regarding the trends in the situation in the region, the head of the Uzbek delegation stressed that thanks to the political will of the Central Asian countries and the common efforts of the parties, their readiness to find mutually acceptable solutions, a new political atmosphere of trust and good neighborliness has been created in the region over the past two years. This opens up additional opportunities for the qualitative improvement and improvement of the effectiveness of cooperation in the “Central Asia + Japan” format.
“A breakthrough has been achieved in resolving many issues that in the past created obstacles to mutual rapprochement and the attainment of common interests in the name of further development and improving the well-being of our peoples,” said Abdulaziz Kamilov. “Trade, investment, transport and communication, cooperation, production, cultural and humanitarian ties, cross-border and interregional cooperation, interaction in the field of security and joint resistance to modern challenges and threats have intensified and expanded.”
As it was emphasized, according to UN experts, with effective cooperation of the countries of Central Asia, regional GDP for 10 years can grow at least twice, and this is a real task that the states of the region should set for the sake of mutual prosperity.
The Uzbek Foreign Minister expressed hope that cooperation with Japan, which makes a huge contribution to the socio-economic development of the countries of the Central Asian region, will continue to serve the full effective use of its vast untapped potential, further integration into the world system of trade, economic and transport links .
Following the meeting, a Joint Statement was adopted, which outlined the state of cooperation in the “Central Asia + Japan” format and identified promising areas for further development of cooperation.