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Islam Karimov arrives in Ufa, Russia

10 July 2015

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrived in the city of Ufa, Russian Federation, to attend the regular session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Council of the Heads of State.

The summit meeting of the leaders of SCO member nations (Kazakhstan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) and those of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) took place in the Congress Hall, downtown Ufa. The event participants exchanged views on issues pertaining to cooperation within SCO and BRICS, to the developments in the world economy, particularly the joint provision for economic growth, support for financial stability and structural reforms, along with regional and global affairs.

Given the global nature of contemporary threats and challenges, the summit participants expressed comprehensive support for international measures and actions to counter them.

Speaking at the session, the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan noted that the unique meeting with the participation of both SCO and BRICS heads of state is instrumental for the two international institutions with huge social and economic potential. Islam Karimov stressed that there is no state today that would not be concerned about the mounting threat of international terrorism and extremism. Uzbekistan’s leader pointed to the necessity of cementing the confidence among nations in combating these challenges of our times. The head of our state extended his conviction that the SCO-BRICS session will serve for the elevation in wellbeing of the peoples of member countries and for the further consolidation of peace and stability.

Major official events of the SCO summit are scheduled for July 10. As a result of negotiations among heads of state, they are expected to sign the Ufa Declaration, approve the development strategy of the Organization to 2025 as well as decisions on the expansion of the institution and further perfection of its activities.

A number of bilateral meetings are also planned within the framework of the visit of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan to Ufa.