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Tashkent Hosts 43rd Session of OIC's Council of Foreign Ministers on Oct. 18-19, 2016
the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) inTashkent

On October 18-19, 2016 Tashkent hosted the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).

The session was attended by the foreign ministers of member states of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, leaders of subsidiary and specialized agencies of the organization, special representatives of the United States, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Switzerland in the OIC, as well as representatives from a number of authoritative international organizations such as the UN, OSCE, the League of Arab States, the Organization for economic cooperation, the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia.

It should be noted that the Council of Foreign Ministers is one of the most important structures of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. Its session is held annually in one of the member countries of the OIC. At the 42nd session that was held in 2015 in the city of Al-Kuwait, it was decided to hold the next session in the city of Tashkent.

The session was opened by the acting chairman of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, First Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the State of Kuwait Shaikh Sabah Khalid Al-Hamad Al-Sabah.

Acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoev made a speech at the Opening Ceremony of the Session.

Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani emphasized that the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov had carried out great work in engaging Uzbekistan a deserved place among the developed countries of the world, made a great contribution to the development of the Islamic religion. And this noble work continues sequentially. He noted that preparations for the session are conducted at a high-level, and expressed his sincere gratitude to the Government of Uzbekistan.

The session was held under the idea proposed by the first President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on “The education and enlightenment - path to peace and creativity”. Participants of the forum noted that this idea corresponds to priority objectives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, such as the fight against the destructive ideology, formation of a correct understanding of the values of the sacred religion of Islam among the population, especially among the younger generation, education of fully mature and highly educated youth.

Uzbekistan, located in the center of the Great Silk Road, is one of the cradles of ancient civilizations. Our great ancestors Imam Bukhariy, Abu Mansur Maturidiy, Isa Termiziy, Khakim Termiziy, Makhmud Zamakhshariy, Burkhaniddin Marghinoniy, Muhammad Qaffol Shoshiy, Abdulkholiq Gijduvoniy, Bakhouddin Nakshband, Khoja Akhror Valiy, Muhammad Khorazmiy, Akhmad Farghoniy, Abu Raikhon Beruniy, Abu Ali ibn Sino, Mirzo Ulughbek, Alisher Navoiy made a great contribution to the development of world science, the religion of Islam.

Uzbekistan due to its great social, spiritual and economic potential plays an important role in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, member of which our country has become in 1996. At present, the scale of international cooperation has increased noticeably.

Organization of Islamic Cooperation has supported a meeting of the “6+2” group on a peaceful solution of the Afghan problem, which on the initiative of the First President of Uzbekistan was held in Tashkent, the creation of a zone free from nuclear weapons in Central Asia.

Organization of OIC for Education, Science and Culture (ISESCO) announced Tashkent as the capital of Islamic culture in 2007.

Representatives of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation as international observers participated in the presidential elections that took place in 2007 and 2015 in the Republic of Uzbekistan, in 2009 and 2014 - the parliamentary elections. They also participated in the international conferences on “The historical heritage of scientists and thinkers of the Medieval East, its role and significance for the modern civilization” (Samarkand, May 2014), “The most important reserves of implementing the Food Program in Uzbekistan” (Tashkent, June 2014) and “The development of cooperation in the Aral Sea Basin to mitigate consequences of the environmental catastrophe” (Urgench, October 2014) and other forums. OIC representatives will also participate in the elections of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan that will be held on December 4 of this year.

At the session it was emphasized that the main goal while building an independent and strong state in Uzbekistan is to construct a just society where a human being, his spiritual, cultural and material needs shall be considered as a prime value, as well as his rights and freedoms shall be upheld. This is, first of all, related to improving the system of education and enlightenment, directing the youth, who are the future of our country, to acquiring a modern knowledge and upbringing a harmoniously mature generation. The implementation of the National program for cadres training adopted in 1997 has cardinally reformed this sphere. In Uzbekistan more than 7% of the State budget against GDP is directed to the sphere of education.

During the years of Independence, the number of higher education institutions in our country increased 2,5 times. The branches of seven foreign higher education institutes such as the University of Inha (Republic of Korea), the University of Westminster (UK), the Polytechnic University of Turin (Italy), Singapore Institute of Management Development, Russian State University of Oil and Gas named after Gubkin and others are functioning in Uzbekistan. Thousands of talented youth of Uzbekistan are attending the prestigious universities of the world.

Since the early years of Independence, the youth policy in Uzbekistan is considered to be the most priority and one of the main guidelines of the state policy. With an aim to further deepen the state policy in this sphere the newly amended Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan “On the state policy on youth” was adopted recently.

It should be noted that for over the last years, the radical geopolitical changes have taken place in the world. The sharp intensification of the globalization process is not only expanding the human capabilities, but also leading to the growth of gap between the developed and backward countries. As a result, various actions are being carried out, which are of a transnational nature by their essence and scope, and threaten peace and stability.

In these conditions the role and responsibility of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation are ever increasing in serving as a particular ground for maintaining a dialogue on urgent issues of the Member States.

Uzbekistan highly values that the Organization is carrying out its activity with deep comprehension that it is impossible to achieve stability and security without tackling the economic and social problems. This, in its turn, necessitates to further expand the scope of activities of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. It is important to widen the dialogue on various levels among countries and nations, establish the systemic ties not only among governments, but also the parliaments, representatives of education and science, culture and public. These very objectives can consolidate the multilateral cooperation in the framework of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

At the session it was emphasized that as a chair of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Republic of Uzbekistan will do its best to further strengthen the potential of the Organization and contribute to the achievement of its noble goals. For this very reason it was proposed in the framework of the Organization to further advance science and technology, stir up a scientific and technological exchange and conduct joint research in other spheres.

The acting chairman of the Council of Foreign Ministers - the State of Kuwait has transferred the powers of chairmanship to Uzbekistan. Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan until the next session of this body in 2017 will chair the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

The 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will undoubtedly serve to further strengthening the potential and authority of the Organization on the international arena and will contribute to the efficient accomplishment of common tasks standing before us.




 

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