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July 23, 2022

Afghanistan: A path to lasting peace and sustainable development

People in Afghanistan are today facing a severe socio-economic crisis. According to the United Nations World Food Programme, 90 percent of Afghans are not getting enough to eat, with 23 million Afghans on the brink of extreme poverty. According to the Save the Children humanitarian aid organization, 1.1 million children in the country suffer from the most severe stage of hunger.

On 25-26 July, at the initiative of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, Tashkent will host an International Conference on “Afghanistan: Security and Economic Development”. At the conference, several important issues aimed at achieving sustainable peace and ensuring security in this country will be considered.

The conference is aimed at developing a set of measures and proposals for the approaches of the world community to promote stability, security, post-conflict reconstruction in Afghanistan and its integration into regional cooperation processes in the interests of the multinational Afghan people and the world as a whole.

About the conference

Special representatives for Afghanistan of the states of Central and South Asia, Europe, America, the Near and Middle East, the Asia-Pacific region, heads and specialists of international and regional organizations, think tanks and members of the delegation of the Interim Government of Afghanistan participating in the solution of the Afghan problem will gather at one site for the first time, in Tashkent.

During the two-day event, the participants will consider issues of the socio-economic reconstruction of Afghanistan, the implementation of infrastructure and humanitarian projects designed to bring the long-awaited peace to the current and future generations of the Afghan people.

The main goal is to establish a solidary effective dialogue of the international community on Afghanistan issues, in particular, to assist in the formation of a common position in countering international terrorism, building a constructive dialogue with neighboring countries and the current authorities of Afghanistan.

According to experts, the upcoming forum is an important condition for achieving lasting peace and sustainable development in Afghanistan.

The focus of such a dialogue will be on the implementation by the Interim Government of Afghanistan of the key requirements of the international community:

first, to prevent the transformation of Afghan land into a permanent haven for terrorist organizations and the use of the country’s territory against the security interests of neighboring countries and other states of the world.

second, the formation of a government based on broad representation, ensuring human rights and freedoms, especially for women and all ethnic and religious groups, as a fundamental condition for national reconciliation in Afghanistan.

An important outcome of the forum will be the implementation of the Special Resolution of the UN General Assembly on strengthening the connectivity between Central and South Asia, adopted on July 11 this year at the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, which emphasizes the key importance of Afghanistan for international peace, security and sustainable development.

The role of Uzbekistan in the development of Afghanistan…

Uzbekistan traditionally pursues a friendly policy towards Afghanistan, taking into account the national interests of both states, the generally recognized principles and norms of international law. Tashkent has always respected the sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity of the neighboring country.

Our country is committed to establishing lasting peace in neighboring Afghanistan and considers this process an important condition for achieving sustainable development in the Central Asian region.

This conference is a logical continuation of the Tashkent International High-Level Conference on Afghanistan “Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity”, held on 27 March 2018, and the International Conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities”, held on 15-16 July 2021, in Tashkent.

In this sense, the forum, which will be held with the participation of more than 20 countries and international organizations, is an integral part of Uzbekistan’s systemic efforts to ensure security and stability in Central Asia and turn Afghanistan into a peaceful, prosperous country free from terrorism and wars.

The International Conference will be widely covered in the press

It is quite normal that domestic and foreign mass media will pay special attention to this major political event. Therefore, activities related to the wide coverage of the forum have been included in the program plan as one of the main goals. This will contribute to a deep understanding of the essence and significance of bringing to the general public the policy pursued by the Republic of Uzbekistan on Afghanistan.

Bekhruz Khudoyberdiyev, UzA