US experts on the Tashkent meeting of the heads of Central Asian states
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) - The Tashkent summit of the heads of states of Central Asia remains in the center of attention of the world community. According to its results, representatives of socio-political and expert-analytical circles of foreign countries express their opinions and assessments about this historic event.
Ambassador Richard Hoagland, Member of the Advisory Board of the leading US analytical structure - Caspian Policy Center, former First Deputy Assistant Secretary of State (headed the US Embassies in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan for various years):
- The joint statement of the heads of the five Central Asian countries following their meeting in Tashkent is good news that should be welcomed not only by the region, but the whole world. Of particular note is the initiative to create the Central Asian Investment Forum and the Regional Council for Transport Communications - these are precisely the formats that will contribute to the development of the economy of the entire region.
The determination of the Central Asian countries to continue dialogue on a regular basis at the level of heads of state, foreign ministers and experts is particularly welcomed. It is especially important when representatives of five countries of the region meet - this is not the Central Asia and US format “C5 + 1”, not “5 + Japan” or “5 + South Korea”, this is purely Central Asia at its best.
Frederick Starr, Founder and Chairman of the Central Asian and Caucasus Institute at the Council on American Foreign Policy:
- I was delighted to hear the news that on November 29, at the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the heads of the Central Asian countries met in Tashkent to join forces and discuss ways of further cooperation, coordination and mutual support. This is a very important event, because it covers the interaction of Central Asian states in all key areas, including the areas of security, trade, transport, cultural heritage, education and health.
The presidents of the five countries also had the opportunity to discuss current pressing issues, in particular, such problems as the use of water resources in the region. It is gratifying to note that the Central Asian countries plan to cooperate as a whole in the region and to be more effective on the world stage.
Another aspect of this very important event is that it affects neighboring Afghanistan. This country is also part of the region, and in the interests of all Central Asian states further cooperation on economic development and the peace process in Afghanistan.
I believe that these meetings will continue annually. They will be both at the level of Presidents, and at the level of ministers and heads of public and private organizations. We need to start thinking at the regional level, of course, not to the detriment of national interests.
Once again I want to repeat that for me this is a very impressive event, and I personally believe that 29 November 2019 is the day of the revival of the once great region of Central Asia. This day should be a national holiday in every Central Asian country.
Gregory Buy, president of the International Association for Strategic Studies:
- The consultative summit of the leaders of the countries of Central Asia is very important not only in determining the development priorities of all five states, but also in maintaining a strategic global balance. We see a revival of intra-regional cooperation, which is able, first of all, through trade and economic leverage to turn Central Asia into a worthy player with its own weight in world processes. The current trend of rapprochement of Tashkent, Nur-Sultan, Bishkek, Dushanbe and Ashgabat can multiply mutual trade and attract neighboring regions, as well as bring to the markets of the Indian Ocean basin through which stable international logistics routes for goods from Central Asia can be established.
It is obvious that Central Asia is a huge market that will bring significant economic and social benefits to the peoples in this region. At the Consultative Council, I think, some restrictions between the five countries are relaxed. It will be easier for the population of these states to move within the region, which will significantly improve tourism in the region. In addition, these states will be able to establish mutually beneficial trade cooperation, thereby increasing the collective "economic weight" not only in the region, but also in the Eurasian space.