On August 2, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the High Commissioner for National Minorities of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
The issues of establishing practical cooperation and prospects for implementing the joint projects and programs in ensuring interethnic harmony and sustainable development were discussed.
The current level of constructive dialogue and fruitful interaction with the OSCE institutions in priority areas – in the field of security, the spheres of economy and ecology, humanitarian dimension was noted with satisfaction. A “road map” is being jointly implemented, which provides for about 50 measures for the medium term.
During the meeting, the High Commissioner highly appreciated the national policies being implemented in Uzbekistan to develop a culture of tolerance and humanism, ensure interethnic and civil understanding and harmony, as well as to educate the younger generation on this basis.
Uzbekistan’s initiatives aimed at strengthening relations of friendship, good-neighborliness and multifaceted partnership in the Central Asian region, to promote peaceful development and economic reconstruction of Afghanistan were supported.
The agreements were reached on holding several joint events – a regional workshop on ensuring interethnic harmony and presentation of international experience and recommendations of the OSCE, as well as the participation of the Uzbek delegation in a round table discussion on the interethnic relations.
It is also envisaged to implement the projects in multilingual education, including as a part of the Central Asian Educational Program.