The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev took part in an informal meeting of Heads of States of the CIS held at the initiative of the Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on December 28.
The President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, the President of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the First President of Kazakhstan – Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, the President of Kyrgyzstan Sadyr Japarov, the President of Tajikistan Emomali Rakhmon, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and the Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan also took part at the summit.
The partakers of the summit have summed up the results of interactions this year and discussed the priorities for the coming year 2022. The views were exchanged on pressing issues of regional and international agenda.
A particular attention was paid to maintaining close cooperation in overcoming the consequences of the pandemic and ensuring epidemiological security.
Speaking about the priorities of further development of the CIS, the President of Uzbekistan has suggested focusing attention on cooperation in three dimensions: political, economic and humanitarian.
The importance of establishing a full-fledged free trade zone and strengthening transport connectivity in the CIS space was noted.
The participants spoke of the need to combine efforts in implementing the national programs and strategies aimed at sustainable «green» development taking into account the global climate agenda.
The relevance of developing the new approaches to solving the issues of food security, using the competitive advantages and complementarity of economies was emphasized.
It should be noted that Uzbekistan has intensified its participation in the activities of the Commonwealth in recent years. Uzbekistan has signed more than 40 multilateral agreements and joined 23 sectoral bodies. Our country held the CIS chairmanship for the first time last year.
The trade turnover between Uzbekistan and the Commonwealth increased by third, as well as about one thousand joint ventures were created in 2021.
In conclusion, the President has reaffirmed Uzbekistan’s firm commitment to developing a full-scale cooperation within CIS and congratulated the participants of the summit and in their person the friendly peoples on the coming New Year.
It has concluded the working visit of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to Saint Petersburg and the President returned to Tashkent.