by the Acting President of the Republic of Uzbekistan
H.E. Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoev at the Opening Ceremony
of the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers
of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation
Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem!
Dear Mr. Chairman!
Esteemed ministers and heads of delegations!
Ladies and gentlemen!
Assalamu-alaykum va rahmatullohi va barakatuhu!
First of all, allow to welcome you, dear guests, the heads of delegations of the Member States and Observer Countries of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, representatives of international organizations and all participants of the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the land of Uzbekistan and express my sincere respect!!!
We express our heartfelt gratitude that the capital city of Uzbekistan – Tashkent was chosen to hold this important forum of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation – today’s one of the most prestigious and largest institutions of multilateral cooperation.
We believe that this session will become an important step along the path of achieving such noble goals as safeguarding the values of sacred Islam, strengthening the solidarity among the Muslim nations, ensuring sustainable progress, as well as rendering assistance to the development and well-being of the people of Member States of the Organization.
We are pleased of the results of mutual cooperation achieved in the framework of preparations to this forum. In this regard we highly appreciate the productive work by the General Secretariat and personally its leadership –Mr. Iyad Madani and the Member States followed by the spirit of solidarity.
There is a deep symbolic meaning that the topic «The education and enlightenment – path to peace and creativity» was defined as a main idea of the 43rd session’s agenda. This idea is consonant with a famous hadith «Live and learn». This topic was proposed by the First President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, the great statesman with a profound life experience and long-term vision, may Allah be pleased with him…..
This topic has resulted from the in-depth contemplations of the founder of the state of Uzbekistan about the people of the world, fate of his own nation and significance of our sacred religion in today’s complicated conditions.
We are witnessing how the world is rapidly changing and new menaces and dangers are emerging that threaten the stability and development of nations. In these conditions it is ever important to pay a serious attention to the spirituality and education, moral upbringing, obtaining knowledge by youth and their harmonious growth.
It is the education and enlightenment that are considered to be major factors of humanity’s well-being. They call on people for kindness. They appeal to be generous and patient.
Our sacred religion of Islam teaches us these very virtues!!!
Dear participants of the session!
It is not by chance that the slogan «The education and enlightenment – path to peace and creativity» was chosen as a topic of our today’s forum.
It is because this session is taking place in Uzbekistan, where our great ancestors were born.
The names of such geniuses as Imam Bukhariy and Burkhaniddin Marghinoniy, Isa and Khakim Termiziys, Makhmud Zamakhshariy and Qaffol Shoshiy, Bakhouddin Nakshband and Khoja Akhror Valiy, Muhammad Khorazmiy and Akhmad Farghoniy, Abu Raikhon Beruniy and Abu Ali ibn Sino, Mirzo Ulughbek, and Alisher Navoiy have been inscribed with golden letters in the history of world civilization.
The most authoritative compilation of ahadith of our Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him), the well-known and famous work for all Muslims, is a result of selfless research by the son of this land – Imam Bukhariy. This work has been remaining as a second authoritative written source about our sacred religion after Holy Koran.
Certainly, it is not for nothing that millions of Muslims not only from our land, but also from other countries strive to go to a birthplace of this dear person – the sacred Bukhara and visit his graveside in Samarkand.
The teaching of Moturidiya which was founded in the 10th century by a scholar from Samarkand Abu Mansur Moturidiy is broadly spread in the Islamic world.
In the process of obtaining knowledge the teaching of Moturidiya attaches a profound attention to the place and significance of the human wit and intellect on the basis of the idea of tolerance. In its turn, this aspect was important in broad popularization of this teaching. At present, the humankind is still feeling a profound need in such ideas.
Nothing is left in great history without a trace. It remains in the blood and the historical memory of peoples, and reflects in practical deeds. Therefore it is powerful.
It is one of the priority directions of our state to preserve the historical heritage, study and transfer it from generations to generations.
These priorities become more important in the condition of globalization, when the new threats, and particularly, the «popular culture» and mood of sponging are emerging.
Therefore, at present it is ever important to safeguard and enrich the sources that define the spiritual world of a man and culture of peoples.
It is a noble duty of all of us to preserve and cherish our sacred religion which embodies our eternal values and moral qualities.
Islam means comprehending truth.
It calls upon humankind to practice kind deeds. It calls upon each of us to goodness and peace. It teaches to be a real human being.
We strongly condemn the persons who are exploiting the religion of Islam for the purposes of violence and bloodshed, and we will never come to terms with them.
We will always protect our sacred religion!!!
During the years of Independence the large-scale work was accomplished in Uzbekistan in terms of restoring the place of Islam in our society. Islam is considered to be the sacred religion of our ancestors.
In 1999 the first Islamic University in Central Asia was established in Tashkent. Ten religious educational institutions, in particular, the Tashkent Islamic Institute, 9 secondary special educational institutions are operating in our country. Two of them are for girls and women.
Among those institutes there are Mir Arab madrassah in Bukhara and Kukaldosh madrassah in Tashkent, which were built in the 16th century and are serving to broadly disseminate knowledge and science in our country.
During the communistic regime, which reigned for 70 years, just 130 people from Uzbekistan undertook a Hajj pilgrimage. Now each year more than 5 thousand people are accomplishing a Muslim’s duty. Those years only 30 mosques were in our republic.
At present, the thousands of mosques are operating in our country. The monuments of Islam and sacred sites were restored in every region of our country. Dear guests, you can visit most of them during your stay in Uzbekistan.
No doubt, from now onwards our sacred religion will continue to serve as a medium, which cannot be replaced by anything, to unite our people irrespective of their nationality and language, call upon to mutual respect and accord, spiritual purification, peace, kindness and tolerance.
Dear participants of the session!
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.
We well comprehend that 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.
At present, all our sons and daughters are covered with a twelve-year free and mandatory education. They are obtaining knowledge at 10 thousand reconstructed or newly built comfortable schools, 1,5 thousand academic lyceums and vocational colleges. Nearly 300 schools of music and art, and over 2200 sport facilities are also operating.
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 are functioning in Uzbekistan. Thousands of our talented youth are attending the prestigious universities of the world.
In our country more than 7% of the State budget against GDP is channeled to the sphere of education.
Since the early years of Independence, the youth policy in our country is considered to be the most priority and one of the main guidelines of state. Since the youth are our future. With an aim to further deepen the state policy in this sphere the Law of the Republic of Uzbekistan «On the state policy on youth» in new wording was adopted recently.
The accomplished reforms are now proving to be effective. Our youth are securing the world-acclaimed gains in the sphere of business, science, culture, arts, literature and sports. This instills us a profound confidence that the forthcoming generations are capable to worthily continue the noble deeds started by our great ancestors.
Ladies and gentlemen!
At present we are living in a historical stage of the human progress, literally speaking, in the historical stage with rapid changes in place.
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.
The people, who are left without a shelter, are wondering in alien lands and experiencing grave sufferings. Due to the armed confrontations and terrorism the innocent children, elderly and women are being killed. Many countries are being devastated as an outcome of endless wars.
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.
We highly value that our 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.
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 the noble goals.
During its chairmanship in the Council, Uzbekistan will try to reinforce the role of the Organization as an efficient and authoritative forum of the Muslim states.
The slogan of this session, which is being held under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan, vividly reflects our priorities. They are as follows:
First, the role of education is ever increasing in enhancing the living standards of population and might of a country.
The life itself proves that in the competition among states and civilizations the place of national and universal values is unique.
From this point of view, it is especially important to deeply study, comprehensively understand and widely popularize the works of Islamic scholars, who are our great ancestors, their invaluable contribution to the development of the world civilization.
This is important to strengthen among the youth the feeling of strife to obtain education and learn science, ensure proper comprehension and acceptance of the Islamic values and culture by all societies, and promote the real essence of Islam among all nations of the world. At present, it is also especially important to establish a dialogue among religions, nations and cultures on international level to achieve peace and tranquility.
Second, it is impossible to imagine the sustainable social and economic progress without innovative development, broad-scale scientific and technical collaboration, introduction of new technologies, scientific and technical achievements.
For this very reason it is proposed in the framework of our Organization to further advance science and technology, stir up a scientific and technological exchange and conduct joint research in other spheres.
No doubt, it is difficult to imagine the cooperation of the Member States without the Islamic Development Bank.
Taking this opportunity, I am pleased to congratulate His Excellency, Esteemed Mr. Bandar Hajjar on his election as president of this Bank starting from October 1, 2016!!!
Third, all of us are concerned that the problem of security is becoming extremely acute and tragic.
Ensuring unity among the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation is important in combating the dangers which threaten peace and stability.
Particularly, the most important task is to peacefully resolve the existing or emerging discords and confrontations on the basis of negotiations, universally recognized principles and norms of international law, using the political-diplomatic and international legal mechanisms.
Fourth, the Islamic world possesses enormous economic and investment potential, as well as energy resources. Their proper use, extending the international trade, economic, financial and investment cooperation of the Member States of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and establishing the transport corridors, which link our countries, will give the opportunity to achieve the high economic growth. In the final outcome, this will serve as a basis for the development of all other areas.
In this regard, it is especially important to enhance the mechanisms of interaction of our Organization’s Member States with other countries of the world.
Fifth, taking this fine opportunity we would like to announce some initiatives for the period of chairmanship of Uzbekistan in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
The essence of the first initiative is about establishment of the international scientific research center with an aim to study the multifaceted religious and spiritual heritage of our great ancestors, who made a unique contribution not only to the Islamic culture, but also the world civilization.
It would be logical to establish such a center at the Imam Bukhariy Memorial Complex in Samarkand. A number of convenient factors determine this:
First of all, a special place of Samarkand in the world civilization as one of the pearls of Islamic culture.
Along with this, the unique moral and spiritual climate peculiar to this place, where the sacred mausoleum of one of the great Muslim scholars Imam Bukhariy is located.
The proposed research center could be given a sublime and symbolic name of «The Imam Bukhariy International Research Center in Samarkand» under the aegis of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
We hope that the Secretary General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation His Excellency, Esteemed Mr. Iyad Madani will support our initiative and kindly extend his assistance to implement this project!!!
Another initiative of Uzbekistan is establishment of the special chair of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization in the structure of the Tashkent Islamic University.
The main area of activity of the new chair could be teaching the education, science and culture in the Muslim world.
We hope that learning about rich historical and cultural heritage of our Homeland in the course of our forum and your visit to Uzbekistan will further strengthen our ties in tourism, humanitarian, scientific and other spheres.
In this regard, on our part we will take measures aimed at simplification of formalities related to travelling of tourists and representatives of Member States of the Organization to our country.
Sixth, the problem of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction remains one of the most urgent issues of the present day. Yet in 1993 Uzbekistan put forward the initiative on establishment of the Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia.
This initiative found its practical embodiment in the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia signed by Uzbekistan and neighboring countries in 2006, as well as the Protocol on Negative Guarantees signed by five permanent members of the UN Security Council in 2014.
Uzbekistan stands for consistent widening of scales of nuclear-weapon-free zones and supports the idea of establishing a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East.
Dear participants of the session!
I am confident that the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will further strengthen the potential and authority of our Organization on the international arena and efficient accomplishment of common tasks standing before us.
In conclusion, I am pleased to invite all of you to Samarkand – one of the pearls of the Orient.
I wish success to the work of the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.
Thank you for your attention.
On 15 April the Cabinet of Ministers held a session, dedicated to
the results of socio-economic development of the Republic of Uzbekistan in the
first quarter of the this year and the appraisal of the implementation of the
major directions and priorities of economic program for 2016, defined by the
President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov at the governmental
session on 15 January of the current year.
Festive Greeting to the Defenders of Homeland
on the Occasion of the 24th Anniversary of Establishment
of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan
Dear soldiers and sergeants, officers and generals, veterans of the Armed Forces, esteemed compatriots!
It gives me an enormous pleasure from the bottom of my heart to congratulate you on the landmark date in the life of our country – the Day of Defenders of Homeland and the 24th anniversary of establishment of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan!
Looking back at uneasy path traversed during a quarter of a century, we have all grounds to declare that, thanks to implementation of the timely adopted and deeply thought-out program of reforms, at present Uzbekistan possesses professionally trained and well-equipped army devoted to its Homeland and people, capable to effectively tackle the broad range of tasks in terms of ensuring security, territorial integrity of the country, inviolability of its borders, protecting peaceful and tranquil life of citizens.
The elaboration of a principally new approach to the military development based on resolute refusal of the obsolete and routine decisions, comprehensive consideration of peculiarities of a possible theater of war operations and rapidly changing situation in our near and far surrounding, as well as in-depth practical assimilation of achievements of foreign experience became to much extent a decisive factor in establishing the modern Armed Forces of our country.
Today we can proudly declare that our army has assimilated the best experience of the world’s military development and art, preserving our historical and national traditions, and has become a reliable guarantor of ensuring security of our borders. The image of a modern serviceman of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan is embodied, above all, in his comprehensive knowledge and intellect, devotion to Homeland, his firm will and strong readiness to fulfill his sacred military duty.
have always realized and now comprehend that the time, which we live in, keeps
flowing. The rapidly changing situation in the world and aggravating state of
affairs in its certain regions, ever growing confrontations, conflicts and
bloodsheds, increasing threats of international terrorism, extremism and
radicalism, unremitting military standoffs in our near neighborhood cannot but
The unfolding complex and hard-to-predict situation requires of all of us to maintain high vigilance and constant readiness, reinforce attention to further reforming our army, equipping it with modern weaponry and military hardware, raising efficiency of combat training of troops, and on the whole – comprehensively strengthening the potential and combat efficiency of our Armed Forces.
In this regard, at the modern stage I deem it exclusively important to implement the following tasks:
First, further improvement of the organizational structure and combat strength of the army, system of commanding troops taking into account the unfolding military and political situation, achievements of modern military art and experience of military development accumulated by us, as well as peculiarities of a possible theater of war operations.
In the conditions of increasing threats and constantly changing situation in the regions neighboring on Uzbekistan, which doesn’t rule out the possible intrusion of various bandit formations and subversive groups into the territory of our country, further reinforcement and concentration of troops, in the first instance, at the vulnerable operational directions require a special attention.
greatly important to raise attention and radically revise the principles and
approaches to military exercises, maximally approximate them to the real
conditions of locality and region, identify
For these purposes it is significant to ensure a full-fledged functioning and broad use of training grounds while continuing a comprehensive development of their infrastructure and training material-technical basis.
Second, the step-by-step implementation of the program of supplying troops with cutting-edge weaponry and military hardware, which allow us to tangibly increase the combat capabilities of our Armed Forces, their mobility and promptness, practice the ability to deliver lightning strokes on vulnerable positions of an enemy exploiting the capabilities of the Special operation forces, helicopters and other available hardware.
Third, there must be an unremitting attention to the issue of training, retraining and raising qualification of the command and sergeant personnel. In this regard, it is of an urgent significance to continue a consistent work in terms of improving the system of training at the Academy of Armed Forces, military colleges and sergeant schools, where our servicemen have all opportunities to continuously raise their professional, theoretical and applied knowledge, acquire experience and skills necessary in service and combat activity.
Along with this, it is expedient to constantly renew and specify the list of specialties, methods and technologies of teaching the military disciplines and curricula taking into account the gradual equipment of the national army with modern weaponry and military hardware, alterations in its combat strength and structure, as well as changing nature of military conflicts.
Further raising qualification of the teaching staff at military training institutions, mastering by them the foreign languages and advanced foreign experience of handling a teaching process and application of the latest information and communication technologies also remain to be a priority task.
Simultaneously, it is necessary to systemically and consistently reinforce our activity related to broad attraction of professors, experts and specialists from leading foreign military educational and research centers to teaching at the Academy of Armed Forces and other core educational institutions of the country on the most in-demand and acute directions of the military science.
Fourth, given the rapidly changing conditions of the modern world, when the attempts are on the rise to impose the alien destructive ideas in the society, which absolutely contradict the spiritual values, culture and traditions of our people, when there is an ongoing struggle for the hearts and minds, especially of a young generation, the role and place of educational work and moral-psychological training of servicemen and pre-conscription youth become very important.
In this respect, it acquires an exceptional significance to enhance the work to organize and hold the events of military-patriotic nature at educational institutions, military units, workplaces and makhallas (neighborhood community areas) with an aim to bring up in our youth the deep feelings of love to Homeland, pride for its Armed Forces and respect for a military service.
The Public Council at the Ministry of Defense, Public Youth Movement «Kamolot» and other public organizations and structures, as well as the renowned representatives of culture, art and sport are called upon to play a special role in addressing these long-term and urgent tasks.
Avoiding formalism and perfunctory approach, we should also broadly use the mass media and national segment of the Internet in this most important cause.
Fifth, there must be an unconditional implementation of state programs on social and medical care of servicemen, as well as providing them and their families with housing. In the framework of the governmental resolutions and state programs adopted on the occasion of announcement of 2016 as the «Year of Healthy Mother and Child» the set of concrete measures should be realized on material and social support of servicemen’s families.
The decent conditions of service and social protection, as well as well-being of servicemen and their families stand as the key factors to further reinforce the authority of the Armed Forces of our country.
Taking this opportunity, I would like to once again underscore that our Military Doctrine has a defensive character and reinforcement of the country’s Armed Forces, in the first instance, is aimed at protection of its state sovereignty, territorial integrity, peace and tranquility of our people.
It is for this very reason that Uzbekistan, as a non-bloc state, undertook a conscious and comprehensively thought out step, making a principle choice for itself, i.e. to conduct a peace-loving policy and not to join the military-political alliances and coalitions, not to allow deployment of foreign military bases and facilities in its territory, and not to participate in peacemaking operations abroad.
In this festive day I would like to express the words of sincere gratitude, above all, to the parents – the mothers and fathers of those who now with dignity fulfill their honorable, noble and responsible duty– protect Homeland!
I wish all servicemen – the privates and sergeants, officers and generals a sound health, big successes, strength and energy in serving Homeland, as well as happiness and prosperity to your families in the New Year 2016!
The Republic of Uzbekistan supports the agreements on the «Key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action» between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Group of Six of international mediators on the Iran’s Nuclear Program reached in Lausanne on April 2, 2015.
As the initiator of conclusion of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia, which became as an integral part of the global disarmament system, Uzbekistan firmly stands for a complete elimination of weapon of mass destruction and supports the efforts of the international community to comprehensively ensure the non-proliferation regime stipulated by the United Nations Charter and the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
Uzbekistan expects that the framework agreement will shape a solid foundation to reach a comprehensive agreement capable to significantly contribute into consolidating the international peace and security.
(Source: Press Service of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)