The High-Level International Conference “Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and Opportunities” has kicked off in Tashkent.
President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev addresses the conference.
The conference is attended by the President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani, Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, ministers of foreign affairs and high representatives of Central and South Asia, other foreign countries, heads of international and regional organizations, global financial institutions and companies, leading research and think tanks.
The forum is aimed at strengthening historically close and friendly ties, trust and good-neighborliness between the Central and South Asian countries in the interests of all peoples and countries of both regions.
As previously reported, during the plenary and breakout sessions, the forum participants will discuss the possibilities of promoting initiatives aimed at developing trade, economic, transport, communication, cultural and humanitarian cooperation in the context of further deepening regional connectivity.
"For the first time in our history, we are seeing a new direction of Central Asia, a projection here to the South and East, whereas before we always had the West to the North. It reflects a new worldview from a geopolitical point of view, "said Sodiq Safaev, First Deputy Chairman of the Senate of the Oliy Majlis.