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FAO says welcomes Uzbekistan’s efforts to create space of mutually beneficial cooperation in CA

19 July 2021

FAO says welcomes Uzbekistan’s efforts to create space of mutually beneficial cooperation in CA

Viorel Gutu, the Sub-Regional Coordinator of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for Central Asia, the representative of FAO in Turkey and Uzbekistan, shared his opinion on the High-level International Conference "Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity. Challenges and opportunities".

- As you know, the main goal of the forum was to strengthen historically close and friendly ties of trust and good-neighborliness between the states of Central and South Asia in the interests of all peoples and countries of both regions.

FAO is making significant efforts to strengthen regional cooperation, fully supporting Uzbekistan's policy aimed at creating a space of mutually beneficial cooperation, stability and sustainable development in Central Asia.

An example is the fact that, at the initiative of FAO, three meetings of ministers of agriculture of Central Asian countries have already been held since 2020. The purpose of these meetings was to create a regional cooperation mechanism for timely and effective interaction within the framework of measures to mitigate the negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food security and agriculture, as well as to strengthen partnership on other issues of agricultural development.

The adoption of a special resolution of the UN General Assembly in June 2018 "Strengthening regional and international cooperation to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development in the Central Asian region"also testifies to the achieved high level of consolidation of the region and the readiness of the Central Asian countries to take responsibility for solving regional problems.

The strengthening of interstate relations today contributes to the formation of Central Asia as a stable, open and dynamically developing region, a reliable and predictable international partner, as well as a capacious and attractive market.

We are very pleased to be part of regional, national and global efforts aimed at strengthening and further developing interstate cooperation, and at not leaving anyone behind.

This is especially true in these difficult times, when the whole world is experiencing the consequences of a pandemic. And it is even more important to note that together we will do more, we can do more, together we can change the world for the better.