DAILY NEWS HERALD
DAILY NEWS HERALD # 117
Public Relations and Mass Media Department of the MFA
June 18, 2018
President congratulates people of Uzbekistan on Ramadan Hayit 1
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on June 15, 2018 - on the first day of Ramadan Hayit celebration. 1
President of Uzbekistan having participated in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup in Moscow.. 2
On telephone conversation of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkey. 3
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan.. 3
On Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan negotiations on delimitation of the state border 3
International relationships. 4
Uzbekistan – Moldova Inter-MFA political consultations. 4
Meetings in Chisinau. 4
international conference “The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism”. 4
Role of Youth in Countering Terrorism.. 4
President congratulates people of Uzbekistan on Ramadan Hayit
President Shavkat Mirziyoyev sincerely, wholeheartedly congratulated the Muslims of Uzbekistan, all people with a holiday of mercy, kindness and spiritual generosity – the sacred Ramadan Hayit.
On this joyful holiday we, first of all, thank the Almighty for the present bright and prosperous days, said the President.
I think that each of us is deeply aware of special significance of this holiday, embodying such noble qualities as manifestation of care and attention in a family, makhalla and society, providing gratuitous assistance to those who need it, spiritual renewal, doing good deeds, that completely consonant with the current policy in Uzbekistan, noted the Head of the state in his statement.
From high international tribunes, Uzbekistan forwarded a number of important practical initiatives on countering threats and challenges that threaten all mankind on the basis of the principle of “enlightenment against ignorance”. Thus, our proposal at the session of the United Nations General Assembly on adoption of a special resolution “Enlightenment and religious tolerance” is widely supported throughout the world.
On this bright holiday the President also sincerely congratulated people of the Muslim countries of the near and far abroad, all friends, wished them peace, prosperity and progress.
As is known, our native Uzbekistan today is at a new stage of development, the pace of renovation and transformation is accelerating in all spheres. This year, three days of Ramadan Hayit has been declared days off in the country. All this gives a special joy to this holiday, fills with a deeper meaning and content, said the President of Uzbekistan.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on June 15, 2018 - on the first day of Ramadan Hayit celebration
On September 1, 2017, the Head of the state had visited the Hazrati Imam complex in Tashkent, where he gave instructions on construction, goals and tasks of the center. A land of about 10 hectares was allocated near the complex. The project is developed, the site is prepared for construction.
On June 15, 2018, Shavkat Mirziyoyev laid a symbolic cornerstone in the foundation of the building of the Center for Islamic Civilization.
The Head of the state congratulated the religious figures, as well as all the compatriots with Ramadan Hayit, who gathered at the event, and noted the deep symbolism of the beginning of construction of this center on this bright holiday.
The purpose of erecting this center is to study enlightened Islam, to bring the great heritage of our ancestors to our people, the international community. Insha Allah, all our efforts will help educate youth, develop science and culture, strengthen peace and tranquility, said the President.
The main idea of the center, which will operate under the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan, is to fight against ignorance through enlightenment, propagating the legacy of our great ancestors who made a great contribution to the development of Islamic culture.
For this purpose, scientific research activity will be organized here, a museum will be organized. It is envisaged to study the role of scientists and thinkers in the history of civilization, widely propagandize their scientific and spiritual achievement, high human qualities, deeply reveal the humanistic essence of creativity of classics of literature and art masters.
The center’s building will be erected in traditions of national architecture, in the form of a mosque with a dome. The complex will include a library, information and resource center, scientific departments, a conference hall, office facilities and others.
As owners of such a great heritage, we are behind in science. Our initiatives are recognized by all Muslim countries. Now it is necessary to be worthy of this and be an example in erudition and enlightenment, said the Head of the state.
Recommendations were given on strengthening the environment of mutual respect and care in society, pardoning those who, through ignorance, have lost the right path, improving the skills of imam-hatibs, increasing attention to educating youth.
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On June 15, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev laid flowers at the monument to the First President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and paid tribute to his memory.
The surahs from the Quran and prayers for the deceased were read.
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President Shavkat Mirziyoyev during his last year’s visit to Tashkent city clinical psychiatric hospital on June 26, gave instructions on construction and repair of its buildings, improving conditions for patients.
On June 15, 2018, the Head of the state again visited this clinic and got acquainted with accomplished activities here.
4 new buildings were built on the territory of the clinic, and remaining buildings were reconstructed and repaired. Comfortable rooms, offices for individual work with patients are equipped, modern diagnostic equipment is installed.
Activities in this direction will continue. Necessary conditions have been created, and now, we need a specific approach, said Shavkat Mirziyoyev.
Instructions were given on turning this updated clinic into a base institution for other hospitals of this profile in Uzbekistan, development of methods of early warning and treatment of mental diseases, establishment of cooperation with foreign scientific and medical institutions, training and social support of specialists-psychiatrists.
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On June 13, after a serious illness, a prominent religious figure, the chief imam-hatib of Tashkent city Anvar qori Tursunov passed away.
On June 15, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited the house of the deceased.
Surahs from the Quran were read.
The Head of the state expressed his deep condolences to children and relatives of Anvar qori.
President of Uzbekistan having participated in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup in Moscow
On June 15, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, having participated in the opening ceremony of FIFA World Cup, returned to Tashkent.
The strongest 32 national teams of the world are fighting for the victory in the most prestigious competition, conducted by FIFA. Although the national team of Uzbekistan is not participating in the championship, it will be judged by our compatriot, FIFA referee Ravshan Irmatov, which pleases all people of Uzbekistan.
The strongest national teams, the best players of the world will please the fans with their unique game within a month.
After the opening ceremony of 2018 FIFA World Cup a match was held between the national teams of Russia and Saudi Arabia. Russia beat Saudi Arabia 5-0.
On telephone conversation of Presidents of Uzbekistan and Turkey
On June 16, 2018, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev had a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
At the beginning of the conversation the heads of states exchanged sincere congratulations and best wishes on the occasion of Ramadan Hayit, which is a holiday of joy and thanksgiving, generosity and kindness for the entire Muslim world.
The President of Turkey highly appreciated the laying of the first stone in the foundation of the future Center for Islamic Civilization in these bright days for the entire Muslim world, in the city of Tashkent. It was emphasized that this Center will make a great contribution to ensuring development of enlightened Islam, as well as bringing to the international community the great heritage of our ancestors.
The sides noted with deep satisfaction the regular meetings and contacts at the highest level that contribute to strengthening the bonds of friendship and strategic partnership between the two countries.
Fruitful meetings and negotiations held during the historic state visit of the President of the Republic of Turkey to the Republic of Uzbekistan on April 29 – May 1 this year, as well as concrete arrangements reached on their results and signed agreements on a wide range of mutually beneficial cooperation will undoubtedly serve further development and well-being of the two countries and people.
During the meeting, prospects of expanding partnership in trade and economic, investment, banking and financial spheres, development of transport, tourism and other infrastructure of the country, as well as in other important areas were comprehensively discussed.
Views were exchanged on current issues of regional and international agenda.
In conclusion, the heads of states reaffirmed their readiness to comprehensively develop and strengthen the multifaceted and mutually beneficial relations between Uzbekistan and Turkey, based on principles of centuries-old friendship, brotherhood and mutual respect.
Nodir Ganiev has been appointed Head of the Department for Cooperation with European Countries and European Union Institutions. He previously worked as the head of the division of this department.
(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Central Asia - the priority of foreign policy of Uzbekistan
On Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan negotiations on delimitation of the state border
On June 8-14, 2018, a regular meeting of the working groups of the Government delegations of the two countries on the issues of delimitation and demarcation of the State border between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Kyrgyz Republic was held in Andijan.
Within the framework of the meeting, work was continued on describing the passage of the line of Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan border on areas that remained outside the framework of the Treaty on Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan State border of September 5, 2017.
The joint work was carried out on a constructive basis and in a friendly atmosphere.
Following the negotiations, a relevant Protocol was signed.
(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Uzbekistan – Moldova Inter-MFA political consultations
On June 15, 2018, delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan took part in Uzbekistan – Moldova political consultations at the level of deputy ministers of foreign affairs, held in the city of Chisinau.
Together with the Moldovan delegation led by the State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of the Republic of Moldova Tatiana Molchan, the key issues of bilateral relations, in particular in such areas as political, trade-economic, investment and cultural-humanitarian cooperation, were discussed in detail.
Within the framework of the meeting, the importance of intensifying the interaction between Uzbekistan and Moldova, which in recent years has been limited mainly to the agenda of the UN General Assembly, was emphasized.
The sides noted the significant potential for expanding cooperation in the areas of trade, agriculture, tourism, academic exchanges between the educational institutions of the two countries.
The issue of holding the next meeting of Uzbekistan – Moldova Intergovernmental Commission on Expansion of Cooperation, the last meeting of which was held 16 years ago in Tashkent, was raised at the meeting.
Delegations of the foreign affairs agencies of Uzbekistan and Moldova also considered other issues of mutual interest.
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On the same day, a meeting of representatives of the ministries of foreign affairs of Uzbekistan and Moldova was held in Chisinau. An inventory of the legal framework of bilateral relations was carried out. The sides exchanged views on drafts of Uzbekistan – Moldova documents, which can be agreed upon and signed in the near future.
(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
Meetings in Chisinau
On June 14-15, 2018, the delegation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan, who arrived in Chisinau to participate in Uzbekistan – Moldova inter-MFA political consultations, held meetings and negotiations with the State secretaries of the Ministry of Economy and Infrastructure Luliana Dragalin, the Ministry of Agriculture, Regional Development and Environment Vasile Luca.
Perspective directions of expansion of mutually beneficial cooperation between Uzbekistan and Moldova in various formats, filling bilateral relations with concrete practical content were discussed.
Within the framework of political consultations, a brief conversation was held with the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and European Integration of Moldova Tudor Ulianovschi.
(Source: Web-site of the MFA of the Republic of Uzbekistan)
international conference “The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism”
Role of Youth in Countering Terrorism
For two days earlier this week, Tashkent and Samarkand hosted an extensively represented international conference “The Role of Youth in Preventing and Countering Violent Extremism and Radicalization Leading to Terrorism”.
The event was organized by the Senate of the Oliy Majlis of the Republic of Uzbekistan jointly with the Project Coordinator of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in Uzbekistan, and the United Nations. Delegations from the United States, Britain, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Latvia, Russia, China, India, Japan, Malaysia, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan, foreign experts, as well as senators, deputies, activists of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan, scientists, and journalists took part in the forum.
The participants discussed political and legal basis of combating violent extremism and radicalization that lead to terrorism among the youth, increasing the growing generation’s role in the process, consolidation of cooperation between the state and civil society, prevention of propaganda of such vices on the internet and the media, as well as building up consensus of the Central Asian nations in the field of science, culture, sports in order to prevent the younger generation ending up in the influence of those who are engaged in terrorism and violent extremism.
At present, violent extremism and terrorism lead to the emergence of certain threats to the stable development and interethnic harmony in the world. And this involves joint efforts to find ways to eliminate them. For these purposes, a number of projects have been implemented in recent years, contact groups are being established.
Uzbekistan views the fight against extremism and radicalism as an important condition for ensuring global security, and is a constant participant and initiator of this process.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev repeatedly pointed out from high tribunes that the basis of international terrorism and extremism are, along with other factors, ignorance and intolerance, and the most critical task is to create awareness and education of young people through enlightenment.
In particular, in September 2017, the head of our state, during his speech at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, stressed that ensuring conditions for the self-realization of youth would create a barrier to the spread of the ‘virus’ of the ideology of violence. In order to develop multilateral cooperation for social support of the younger generation, protection of its rights and interests, it was proposed to devise a UN International Convention on the Rights of Youth.
In their speeches the participants of the international conference noted that this forum offers great opportunities for the joint efforts of the regional and international level in the development of comprehensive measures to combat factors leading to terrorism among the younger generation.
In order to counter these factors, the relevant decisions of the UN, OSCE and several other international organizations have been adopted. These documents provide for the implementation of a large-scale international mechanism to combat the propaganda of terrorism. This, in turn, contributes to the development of national action programs and the development of youth policy.
“The elaboration of such programs is important,” said Shelley Inglis, head of the cluster of the UN regional office in Istanbul. “Peoples and nations of the world are distinct with their peculiarities in culture, language, religion and way of life. Also, those who fall under the influence of violent extremism and terrorism have their own approaches. Therefore, it is necessary to jointly combat this vice by devising national programs and strategies in the context of regions. Currently, more than 15 countries have developed their national action programs. In the future, work in this direction will be consistently continued.”
Critical situations, difficult socio-economic state lead to an increase in unemployment among the population. As a result, migration is growing among young people. This is to some extent characteristic of the countries of Central Asia, as well.
The states of our region have similar development trends. Only through the elaboration of integrated optimal measures to prevent violent extremism and radicalization, the expansion of cooperation among governments, the creation of effective immunity among young people against the ideology of extremist activity, can positive results be achieved.
Approaches and proposals in this area were discussed in detail at the general sessions of the conference.
Thus, the state adviser of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan on youth issues – chairman of the Central Council of the Union of Youth of Uzbekistan Kahramon Kuronboev noted that young people go abroad for various objective and subjective reasons. As a result of migration, in an alien environment with a foreign culture, the young generation falls under the influence of extremists. The main task is to establish constant contact with young people abroad, prevent them from falling under the influence of various perilous groups. In such conditions, the struggle against various manifestations of violent extremism and radicalization becomes more important than ever.
In our country, special attention is paid to the implementation of youth policy. The constructive cooperation established between governments and youth organizations of the countries of Central Asia and neighboring nations is the basis for the actions being implemented in this area.
Media space has long been able to turn into a factor that has a serious impact on the stimulation of certain ideas, values and beliefs. In particular, social networks offer such opportunities. Distributors of destructive ideas use them for their own mercenary purposes.
The internet has turned into the main means for terrorists of searching, hiring, training recruits, collecting money, organizing terrorist acts. New telecommunication technologies provide opportunities for the rapid exchange of information, expanding the range of activities and providing psychological impact.
One of the plenary sessions of the forum was devoted to the prevention of violent extremism on the internet and the media, where an urge was made on the media to promote interethnic harmony, the principle of religious tolerance, and the consolidation of the spirit of mutual respect. Within the framework of the conference, a presentation was made of the information portal on combating extremism - stopterror.uz, created by the Center for Regional Studies of Challenges with the assistance of the OSCE.
On June 12, the international conference continued its work in the city of Samarkand. And that was not accidental. On this sacred land, recognized as the pearl of the East, a crossroads of the Silk Road, the atmosphere of religious tolerance, interethnic unity reigns from time immemorial. A special contribution to the development of the Islamic religion was made by such great scientists as Imam Bukhari, Imam Moturudi, Khoja Ahror Vali. It was here that the first mosque in Central Asia – Khazrati Imam – was built.
At the moment, Samarkand offers ample opportunities for representatives of diverse religions to carry out their religious rituals, preserve their traditions. Representatives of more than 100 ethnic groups and confessions live in the region in an atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding. About 10 national cultural centers operate.
Contributors to the international conference talked with representatives of the national cultural centers of the region, various religious confessions, got acquainted with their activities.
Then, during a general session, the forum participants discussed Uzbekistan’s experience in interethnic and interreligious relations.
The speeches underlined that in preventing youth from joining the ranks of religious extremist movements, it is necessary to explain to them the true essence of religion, and to raise their knowledge in this sphere. Particular attention was paid to the work carried out in Uzbekistan in this direction. In particular, an exchange of views took place on the political and legal bases for countering violent extremism and radicalization leading to terrorism, the partnership of the state and civil society in this process, and the experience of Uzbekistan in the sphere of interethnic and inter-confessional relations.
“Uzbekistan is a country of great scientists who made a great contribution to the development of holy Islam,” said Mohd Yusuf Khoji bin Usman, director of the Malaysian Institute of Islamic Civilization. “It is recognized by the entire Muslim world. From this point of view, the organization of conference in this country is of historic significance. It is possible to learn the Uzbekistan experience in countering religious extremism and terrorism, effectively using the power of enlightenment and spirituality in protecting young people from these vices. In recent years, such structures as the Center for Islamic Civilization and the International Research Center of Imam Bukhari have been created here that will serve the interests not only of Uzbekistan, but also the people all over the world and help spread the propaganda of kindness, generosity and cohesion that are of great importance in the Islamic religion.”
Participants of the international forum visited the Roman Catholic and Armenian-Apostolic churches in the city of Samarkand. They also made a tour of the historical monuments and shrines downtown.
What conference participants have to say
OSCE Secretary General
- We must not lose sight of the fact that the threats of violent extremism and its consequences - terrorism - have always existed in the territory of Central Asia, the CIS countries. It is necessary to coordinate all efforts and fight these phenomena. But in this process it is important not to limit human rights in freedom of speech, freedom of conscience, freedom of the media.
Recently, I personally witnessed that in the process of reforming society in Central Asia, especially in Uzbekistan, great importance is attached to the prevention of threats of terrorism. The main factor is the creation of decent living conditions for young people, education. These are positive steps.
In combating terrorism and extremism, it is essential to cash in the potential of youth, recognize their role and place in society. It is crucial to hear the voice of the younger generation, provide them with all-round assistance, protect from threats. In this regard, the reforms carried out in the last two years in Uzbekistan are indicative.
First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of Oliy Majlis:
- In recent years, the method of using force in countering terrorism and extremism has not justified itself. It should be noted that ignorance and hostility are based on terrorist conflicts. About 300 thousand teenagers under the age of 18 years around the world participate in military operations. Of these, 80% are boys and girls under 15 years of age. Back in 2000, the average age of immigrants from European countries that joined terrorist groups was 28, whereas today it is 20. Considering the fact that on average 2 billion young people live on our planet, this is a very significant and urgent problem.
The priority direction of the youth policy implemented in Uzbekistan is the proper formation of the consciousness and ideology of the youth. This international conference confirmed once again that the struggle for the consciousness of youth in our country is a priority.
Professor of the University of San Pablo (Spain):
- Our country is countering terrorism and extremism, building on several principles. First of all, it is counteraction to terrorism. In this direction, a mechanism has been formed, and its main key factors are implemented in thematic projects, cooperation among organizations on information security, advocacy and awareness-raising, helplines.
member of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (China):
- The aggression of international terrorist organizations is mounting. Terrorists seek to have more weapons of mass destruction, and in order to achieve their goals, they use the latest achievements in high technologies, conduct active propaganda, expand the ranks of militants. In such a dangerous situation, a single country cannot confront terrorism and extremism alone. Therefore, it is impossible to ensure peace and security without international cooperation.
Over the past five years, China has been consistently combating terrorism and extremism in its territory on the basis of national legislation. At the same time, it is particularly active in international cooperation on this front. Our country has joined the 12 international conventions on countering terrorism and extremism.
adviser on political issues of the Counter-Terrorism Center under the UN Counter-Terrorism Department:
- It should be noted that to date the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has paid special attention to reforming the organization’s activities in accordance with the needs of young people and support for them.
It’s no secret that at present terrorism turns to cyberspace, using high technologies to radicalize youth. So, in countering terrorism and extremism, we must first of all increase digital propaganda.
The established atmosphere and parental control play an important role in preventing terrorism and extremism among young people. It should be recognized that family values and traditions of upbringing that have been formed in the Central Asian region since time immemorial serve as a model for other states of the world.
(Source: «Uzbekistan Today» newspaper)