05 August 2023

The President of Uzbekistan took part in the Ashgabat summit

On August 4, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in a trilateral summit chaired by the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov and with the participation of the President of the Republic of Tajikistan Emomali Rahmon. This was reported by the press service of the head of our state.

As part of the agenda of the meeting, issues of expanding mutually beneficial cooperation on the rational use of water resources, developing the energy sector, and building up transport and logistics potential were considered.

At the beginning of his speech, the head of our state expressed gratitude to the President of Turkmenistan for organizing the summit at a high level and hospitality, and also thanked the National Leader of the Turkmen people, Chairman of the Halk Maslakhaty of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov for the initiative to hold the event.

It was emphasized that the general policy of openness, unity and cohesion of the countries of the region brings real results. The scale of trade operations has increased exponentially
and cooperative transactions, including in industries, agriculture, energy and logistics. Interregional contacts and cultural and humanitarian exchanges have expanded.

The effective activity of the Consultative Meetings of the Heads of State of Central Asia was noted. It was stated that, thanks to a common understanding, mutually acceptable decisions are being made on topical issues on the bilateral and regional agenda.

Focusing on new challenges, the President of Uzbekistan stressed the need for a joint search for adequate and deeply thought-out answers.

This is especially important in the context of the growing water shortage in the region, which has become acute in recent years.

It was proposed to intensify cooperation in such areas as the introduction of advanced water-saving technologies and the modernization of irrigation systems, the digitalization of water management processes, the joint development of infrastructure for the collection and storage of mudflow and flood waters.

“In these matters, it is necessary to use the full potential of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, as well as cooperation through partner organizations and structures, such as the World Bank and the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank,” the head of our state said.

Further, the President noted that close, fruitful cooperation has been established between the countries of Central Asia in the energy sector, including in the field of supplies and transit of energy carriers.

Taking into account the general plans for the transition to a “green” economy, joint implementation of projects in the field of hydro and thermal energy has been initiated.

Special attention is paid to joining efforts to create an integrated transport infrastructure. The leader of our country expressed the opinion that the development of the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran corridor, the active use of the potential of the Trans-Caspian route will increase the attractiveness of Central Asia as a transit center for international corridors East-West and North-South.

To this end, it was proposed to jointly create favorable conditions for international carriers, accelerate digitalization and increase the throughput of checkpoints.

The importance of coordination of efforts and mutual support of initiatives put forward by the countries of the region on the main international platform – within the framework of the United Nations was noted.

At the end of his speech, the head of our state stressed that Uzbekistan intends to continue to support the initiatives put forward to ensure peace, stability and prosperity in the Central Asian region.