The significance of the Astana summit of the SCO in the assessments of diplomats« Back
Important events that took place on the expanses of our region became bright and fateful. This is primarily the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization held in Astana and its results, as well as the visit by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres of five Central Asian countries.
A number of heads of diplomatic missions accredited in Uzbekistan shared their views and comments on this landmark event in an interview with IA "Jahon".
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People's Republic of China Sun Licze:
- The SCO summit that took place in Kazakhstan was a big event, including in connection with the admission of India and Pakistan to the organization. I am confident that the expansion of our association will give a new impetus and an incentive for its further development. This also indicates the high authority and viability of this structure.
In addition, the Convention on Countering Extremism adopted within the framework of the Astana meeting is very important for maintaining stability and security in the SCO space.
Relay of the chairmanship was taken by China. We will continue to work to strengthen peace and tranquility, fight against the "three forces of evil" - extremism, terrorism, separatism, as well as promotion of cooperation in trade, economic, cultural, humanitarian and other spheres between the member states. We will also promote the development of ties of friendship and rapprochement of the peoples living in the SCO space.
Among the last significant events taking place in Central Asia, a special place was taken by the visit of UN Secretary General A. Guterres to the region. His participation in the meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO member states, as well as visits to these countries, again demonstrates the importance attached to the international community by our organization.
During his visit, the UN Secretary General visited the Aral Sea region, where he was able to assess the magnitude of the disaster. I would like to note that we also pay great attention to this issue, and I believe that this global problem can be prevented jointly and jointly.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Kazakhstan Yerik Utembayev:
- 11 documents were adopted at the SCO summit. The importance of these documents can be said that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization has reached a new level. The impulse, which was asked last year in Tashkent, has become an important unifying factor in the solution of many issues that are topical in ensuring regional security.
The initiatives voiced by the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on assigning the SCO RATS to functions to counter cybercrime and to create a structure for joint work in the IT field are very significant.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India Vinod Kumar:
- First of all, I would like to note that India's accession to the SCO is a great honor for all of us. We feel gratitude to Uzbekistan for its constant support in matters of our country's joining this organization. Within the framework of the Astana summit, India also expressed gratitude to all the members of the Shanghai family for their all-round support and for the fact that now our country is its full-fledged part.
We are ready to cooperate with all the participants of the SCO and make our positive contribution to the development of the organization. In particular, the direction on combating terrorism and extremism is seen as promising.
On the margins of the summit, Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi met with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. It is gratifying that she passed in a positive and friendly atmosphere. As the head of our government noted during the conversation, India's accession to the SCO will give a positive dynamic to the development of Uzbek-Indian relations in many directions. The two leaders exchanged views on a wide range of issues, including expanding trade and economic ties and increasing trade between the two countries. Issues of a regional nature were also discussed.
Uzbekistan took significant steps to neutralize the consequences of the Aral Sea disaster. I hope and am confident that within the SCO cooperation this issue will be given even greater attention and more effective results will be achieved.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Pakistan Riaz Hussain Bukhari:
- As a regular meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the SCO, a truly historic event took place - our country became a full member of this organization. We step by step fulfilled the necessary requirements for entry into this structure. In this context, I emphasize that Pakistan fully adheres to the basic principles of the SCO, first of all equality, mutual trust, respect for cultural diversity and the desire for common development.
Cooperation within the framework of this organization is an important direction of the country's foreign policy. Pakistan and the SCO member states associate the proximity of cultures, complementarity of economies, common interests on a wide range of issues.
We intend to make a feasible contribution to the promotion of peace and stability in the region, the fight against terrorism and extremism, the development of close economic ties. In particular, it is vitally important to strengthen cooperation with the countries of Central Asia in the field of energy and transport. Thanks to its presence in the SCO Secretariat and the Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS), Islamabad hopes for an effective role in the organization's activities.
With the entry of Pakistan and India into the SCO, the organization unites about 45 percent of the population of our planet, participating states produce 25 percent of world GDP.
I would like to take this opportunity to express gratitude to the Government of Uzbekistan for its valuable support in completing Pakistan's integration into the organization.
On the sidelines of the Astana summit, the Prime Minister of our country held a bilateral meeting with the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev. The heads of state exchanged views on issues of mutual interest and discussed ways to strengthen relations and ensure stability and prosperity in the region.
Interviewed by Zamira AZIZHANOVA