I am pleased to greet the Tashkent Conference.
It is good to see Uzbekistan and Afghanistan working hand-in-hand for peace and sustainable development.
You convene at an historic moment.
The newly invigorated peace process is essential for Afghanistan and the region.
You represent countries and organizations united by a shared history and a common vision.
I welcome your commitment to addressing threats such as drug trafficking and terrorism, and your backing for direct talks in an Afghan-led peace process.
The United Nations stands ready to support your efforts to build a secure and prosperous region.