Uzbekistan experts attend the Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club
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The Central Asian Conference of the Valdai Discussion Club on “Russia and Central Asia facing new global challenges – a joint path to the future” has kicked off on May 20, in Kazan.
More than 60 well-known experts from 16 countries, including Russia, Afghanistan, the United Kingdom, Germany, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Tajikistan, France and Estonia, are taking part in the conference. The Uzbek side is represented by experts from the Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the International Institute for Central Asia.
ISRS First deputy head outlined the main trends in the development of regional cooperation between the Central Asian countries. Among them, he highlighted the formation of a new political atmosphere, thanks to which cooperation is intensifying in all spheres. The most important achievement of this process, according to Mr. A. Nematov, was the increased dynamics of contacts between the heads of state of the region. “The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev has held about 70 meetings with his Central Asian colleagues over the past five years”, the expert noted.
According to him, the tension in relations is giving way to a new political atmosphere, an attitude to seek mutual compromises and agree on approaches to solving territorial, energy and water problems.
Even the recent incident on the Tajik-Kyrgyz border was resolved as soon as possible thanks to the established mechanisms of the regional dialogue. As a result of the collective efforts of the heads of state, the conflict was timely transferred to the plane of a political and diplomatic settlement.
Regionalization trends bring tremendous opportunities and benefits for everyone. The strengthening of transport, economic and energy connectivity, the formation of a common market, favorable conditions for the smooth movement of goods, services and labor resources are becoming characteristic, new windows of opportunity are opening not only for the countries of the region, but also for their closest partners, including Russia.