Today, in Tashkent, during an international conference “Interconnectedness in Central Asia: challenges and new opportunities”, the Uzbek Foreign Minister Abulaziz Kamilov declared that rapprochement of the Central Asian countries is not directed against anyone's interests.
According to him, lately Central Asia has been demonstrating a positive dynamic of development.
“Regional cooperation is increasing in all areas. The most acute intra-regional problems are solved on a systematic basis – security, state borders and water use,” the minister said.
He noted that cooperation of Uzbekistan with all countries of the region has in fact acquired the character of a strategic partnership.
“Today, all countries of Central Asia contribute to development of regional cooperation, initiating the implementation of joint projects and solving actual problems for all of us. I want to emphasize that the process of rapprochement in Central Asia is not directed against anyone’s interests,” Mr. Kamilov said.
Also, he noted, trade-economic ties were significantly intensified. Only in 2018, the trade turnover of Uzbekistan with the states of Central Asia grew by more than 50%. All countries in the region are benefiting from the growing pace of cooperation, FM Kamilov said.
“Strengthening regional interaction is an objective, stable and irreversible trend. It is based on the firm political will of all countries in the region and has deep historical background,” he added.