Speaking at the UNGA session today, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev touched upon the Afghan issue.
“We see Afghanistan as an integral part of Central Asia,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.
According to the leader of Uzbekistan, the Tashkent High-Level Conference on Afghanistan in March 2018 marked a new stage in the mobilization of the international community’s efforts to resolve the Afghan problem.
“We fully support the peace talks among the Afghan political forces launched this year in the city of Doha in September. We express the hope that these talks will serve for bringing in peace and stability in the long-suffering land of Afghanistan,” Mirziyoyev said. “In order to broadly involve Afghanistan in the process of economic integration in the region, we have started the implementation of major infrastructure projects such as “Surkhan-Puli Khumri” power line and construction of a railway from Mazar-i-Sharif to the seaports of the Indian Ocean.”
Uzbekistan believes that the issues of ensuring peace and stability in Afghanistan must remain a constant focus of the United Nations.
“Only together and through close cooperation, we can realize all the dreams and aspirations of the Afghan people. In this regard, it is important to work on the principle of “From instability and destruction – to peace and prosperity”.
To this end, we propose to establish a permanent UN commission on Afghanistan that would address the concerns of long-suffering Afghan people.
The main task of this Commission must be to promote and facilitate the economic and social development of Afghanistan,” Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted.