(MENAFN - Daily Outlook Afghanistan) On December 28, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyayev addressed message to Parliament. The head of state dwelled on the priorities and tasks to be pursued in 2019.
Commenting on relations with neighboring countries, Shavkat Mirziyoev emphasized the importance of relations with Afghanistan. 'We will pay special attention to further strengthen cooperation with countries of the Muslim world, which connects us with common historical, cultural and spiritual value. The ambassador said.
For these purposes, Uzbekistan is committed to enhance mutually beneficial relations with its partners in all spheres with practical content. Mirziyoev said that Uzbekistan, in its foreign policy, rellies on a clear and focused strategy for ensuring a security and sustainable development in Central Asia.
In this regard, Uzbekistan considers developping a practical and mutual beneficial relations as priority task its with neighboring countries in the region, as well as with Turkey, India, Pakistan and Iran. Thus, Afghanistan plays an important role in realizing this strategy.
Uzbekistan has urged the international community to support the need to start peace talks under the leadership of the government of the Afghanistan. In this regard, it should be noted that the high-level Tashkent conference on Afghan issue, which was held on March 2018, was the most comprehensive international conference in new Afghanistan's history.
The 'Tashkent Declaration, which was adopted at the end of the Conference, the unanimous position of all its participants, became a unique platform for peace in Afghanistan. After that conference, international efforts was intensified to launch a negotiation process with all the political forces in Afghanistan, including the Taliban.
Uzbekistan has held several important talks with Afghan leadership and leading political forces in the country, including the Taliban. These political forces have acknowledged that Uzbekistan can play an effective intermediary role in solving the Afghan conflict. As it is known, the key condition for stability in Afghanistan is the economic recovery of the country. In this regard, we have begun to implement some large joint projects in transpor, logistics, energy, trade and education in Afghanistan. The energy line 'Surkhon-Puli Khumri that is being constructed by Uzbekistan, the Education center in Termez city to educate Afghan citizens, logistic center 'Termez-cargo possessing its own customs station, development of railway line 'Mazari Sharif-Herat and 'Mazari Sharif-Kabul-Peshawar are the evidence of abovementioned.
Uzbekistan will further render overall assistance in solving the Afghan problem. For us, the main priority result is - to begin peace talks in Afghanistan and to reach a national reconciliation.