SHORT SPEECH BY THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF THE REPUBLIC OF UZBEKISTAN H.E. MR. ABDULAZIZ KAMILOV AT THE OIC CFM OPENING CEREMONY IN TASHKENT AFTER RECEIVING CHAIRMANSHIP
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Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,
Thank you Mr. Haled as-Sabah!
Esteemed Mr. Secretary General!
Distinguished colleagues, ladies and gentlemen!
Assalamu-alaykum va rahmatullohi va barakatuhu,
Above all, allow me to welcome all participants of the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which is taking place in the capital city of Uzbekistan – Tashkent.
Uzbekistan considers the OIC as an effective and high-profile forum of Muslim states. Its role and significance are irreplaceable in strengthening the tolerance, mutual respect of cultures, peace and accord both inside the Islamic world and among the representatives of various confessions and peoples.
It is a big honor to us to undertake the functions of a chairing country in the OIC CFM. We consider this fact as an acknowledgment of a profound historical contribution, which Uzbekistan has made to the development of Islamic civilization. We see it as a trust to our country as respected, responsible and influential state in the system of modern international relations. In our part, we consider it as an opportunity to make our own contribution to the development of the Organization and resolution of important tasks before it.
As CFM chair, along with all our partners, we hope to make a commendable contribution to further extend the OIC’s potential and discover the new prospects of cooperation, as well as assist in implementation of the noble goals stipulated in the Charter of our Organization.
The Acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev has already spoken about the priorities of our chairmanship in the OIC.
I would like just to express hope that during our chairmanship we will be able to achieve a notable progress on the issues in the current agenda of the Organization and thus to further consolidate the unity of the Muslim Ummah.
Thank you for your attention.