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Uzbekistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation


    The Republic of Uzbekistan was accepted to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) as an observer at the Extraordinary Session of Foreign Ministers of Member-States held in New York in October 1995. Uzbekistan became a full member of the Organization on October 2, 1996.

    Since 2003 Uzbekistan has been a member of the specialized agency of the OIC – the Islamic Development Bank. The Republic of Uzbekistan signed the New Charter of the OIC on December 14, 2015.

    The OIC supported the initiatives of the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on the peaceful settlement of the Afghan crisis and the meeting of the “6 + 2" Contact Group on Afghanistan which was held in 1999 in Tashkent as well as on creation of the Central Asia Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zone (1993).

    The official delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the Prime Minister took part in the 3rd Extraordinary Summit of the OIC in Mecca (December 2005). The convening of this forum was dictated by the need to develop a new strategy for the Organization, aimed at consolidating the Islamic States in the light of the evolving global geopolitical situation, as well as transformation of the OIC into an effective institution capable to withstand modern challenges and threats.

    During the event, the Uzbek side made a proposal to develop a common position of the OIC Member-States in international organizations, which was supported by the majority of states of the Muslim world and was later included as a separate expanded paragraph in the relevant section of the text of the 10-year Programme of the OIC.

    Along with this document during the forum were adopted the Mecca Declaration and the Final Communiqué, which reflected the desire of Islamic countries to strengthen unity, develop common position with regard to new challenges and threats as well as the need to promote ideas of tolerant and enlightened Islam.

    The delegation of Uzbekistan headed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs participated in the 33rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the OIC in Baku (June 2006). During the event, the OIC Member-States expressed their full support for the position of Uzbekistan on addressing the major problems of the day, the main provisions of which were announced by President Islam Karimov at the summit of Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Almaty (June 17, 2006).

    Uzbekistan takes part in the OIC summits on regular basis: the 11th Summit in Dakar (March 13-14, 2008) was attended by a delegation headed by the Deputy Prime Minister, the 12th Summit in Cairo (February 2-7, 2013) by the delegation headed by the Permanent Representative in the OIC. In the 13th Summit in Istanbul (April 14-15, 2016) Uzbekistan was represented by delegation headed by the Chairman of Senate of the Oliy Majlis (Parliament). The 5th Extraordinary Summit of the OIC in Jakarta (March 6-7, 2016) was attended by Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Indonesia.

    In addition, Uzbekistan attends the annual sessions of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers. In particular, on May 18-20, 2010 delegation led by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs took part in the 37th Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in Dushanbe (Tajikistan). Subsequently, at the 38th Session of Council of Foreign Ministers (Astana, June 28-30, 2011), the 39th Session (Djibouti, November 15-17, 2012.), the 40th Session (Conakry, December 9-11, 2013) Uzbekistan was represented by delegations at the level of Ambassador of Uzbekistan to Kazakhstan, Permanent Representative to the OIC and Ambassador to Egypt, respectively.

    The 41st session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers took place in Jeddah on June 18-19, 2014, which was attended by the delegation led by the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan. The delegation has voiced the willingness to host the 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers in 2016 in Uzbekistan. The 42nd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers (Kuwait, 27-28 May 2015) decided to hold the next session of this body in 2016 in Uzbekistan.

    The OIC Missions participated in the parliamentary (2009, 2014) and presidential (2007, 2015) elections in Uzbekistan as international observers. The Secretary-Generals of the OIC Mr. Ekmeliddin Ihsanoglu and Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani visited Uzbekistan in 2007 and 2015, respectively.

    The International Scientific-Practical Conference "On the Most Important Resources for Food Security in Uzbekistan" (Tashkent, June 5-6, 2014.) was attended by the OIC delegation led by Deputy Secretary General for Economic Affairs Ambassador Hameed Opeloyeru. In the International Conference " Development of Cooperation in the Region of the Aral Sea to Mitigate Consequences of the Ecological Catastrophe" (Urgench, October 2014) the OIC was represented at the level of Advisor to the General Secretary for Science and Technology Mr. R.Nordin and Director of the Regional Representation of ISESCO Mr. A.Sadri.

    The 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers will be held on October 18-19, in Tashkent under the motto “Education and Enlightenment – Path to the Peace and Creativity”. Since then Uzbekistan will officially take over the functions of Chairman of the Ministerial Council until the next 44th session of the body. The time and venue of next session will be determined in Tashkent.

    Along with the Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers, the Uzbek side will chair the meetings of the Senior Officials, the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs, the OIC Executive Committee as well as the Coordination Meeting of the OIC Foreign Ministers of the member states, which traditionally takes place in September within the framework of the UN General Assembly.

    In view of preparations for the 43rd session of the Ministerial Council, the delegation of Uzbekistan headed by Foreign Minister Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov participated in the meetings of the Senior Officials and the Islamic Commission for Economic, Cultural and Social Affairs (Jeddah, July 23-28, 2016). During these events, held under the chairmanship of Uzbekistan, the drafts of more than 100 resolutions on major activities of the OIC were discussed and approved for further submission for adoption to the Council of Foreign Ministers Session in Tashkent.


    Address by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan H.E. Mr. Abdulaziz Kamilov at the Senior Officials Meeting of the Member-States of the OIC Preparatory to the 43rd Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers

    (Jeddah, July 26, 2016)

    Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem,

    Dear Mr. Deputy Secretary General!

    Esteemed Mr. Chairman!

    Distinguished heads of delegations!

    First of all, on behalf of the delegation of the Republic of Uzbekistan allow me to sincerely thank the General Secretariat of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and the Government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for a cordial hospitality and wonderful organization of today’s meeting.

    As you are well aware, the 43rd session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers will take place on October 18-19, 2016 in Tashkent – the capital city of Uzbekistan. The Uzbek Side is actively carrying out a preparatory work to this very important event with an aim to ensure its efficiency and open up the new prospects of cooperation for the entire Islamic Ummah.

    Uzbekistan is grateful for the support and assistance which is rendered by the OIC General Secretariat and personally the Secretary General of the Organization His Excellency Mr. Iyad Ameen Madani in preparation to the forthcoming meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers in Tashkent. In this regard, we also highly appreciate the results of Mr. Madani’s visit to Uzbekistan in June 2015 and the outcomes of his meeting with the President of our country.

    Ladies and gentlemen!

    Allow me briefly share with you Uzbekistan’s vision of the role and significance of the OIC in the modern world, as well as the priorities of forthcoming presidency in the Organization.

    As a member of the OIC since 1996, the Republic of Uzbekistan attaches a big significance to further stirring up of cooperation with it and its structures on all of the issues of mutual interest.

    As a matter of important significance accorded to the cooperation in the framework of Organization, early this year Uzbekistan signed and ratified the OIC Charter adopted in 2008 and calls upon all member-states, which didn’t do it, to join this fundamental document in the soonest dates.

    Uzbekistan comprehends that the dynamic processes of globalization and deep transformation of the system of international relations are leading to emergence of new security challenges and threats before the OIC.

    In these conditions the significance of the OIC becomes more important in strengthening the tolerance, mutual respect of cultures, peace and accord both inside the Islamic world and among the representatives of various religions and peoples. The urgency of such principles in the OIC’s activity is on the rise as the search for peaceful, political-diplomatic and preventive methods of tackling conflicts, as well as addressing them on timely basis.

    In our opinion, one of the key reasons of challenges faced by the Muslim world are the attempts to besmear Islam, degrade its authority in the world.

    As we see, today the primary task of the OIC is to protect the true Islamic values and the Muslim culture, demonstrate its enormous historical significance as a religion, which professes peace and harmony, and advances the values of tolerance, enlightenment and intellectual enrichment.

    Taking this into account, during its presidency in the Council of Foreign Ministers Uzbekistan will stand up for consolidation of the OIC’s role as an effective and high-profile forum of Muslim states with a special focus on the issues of strengthening the cultural-humanitarian potential of our Organization. The slogan adopted for a presidency – «The education and enlightenment – path to peace and creativity» - clearly and unambiguously reflects the priorities of our chairmanship, which are as follows:

    First, at the moment there is a tense political, economic and humanitarian competition in the world. In these conditions the OIC must pay a serious attention to the issues of strengthening and further development of intellectual, scientific-technical and technological potential of our states.

    In this context, it is of a special significance to study and popularize the achievements of our great ancestors – the thinkers of Islamic world, their priceless contribution to the development of world civilization. For example, Uzbekistan has a unique heritage of Islamic culture. The names of such great figures as Imam al-Bukhariy, Imam al-Termeziy, Beruniy, Al-Khorazmiy and Imam al-Maturudiy are well-known in the history of not only Muslim countries, but also the entire world.

    The study and popularization of their works, as well as contribution to the development of world science and thought are important with an aim to rightly interpret and perceive the Islamic values and culture, especially among the young generation, as well as comprehensively protect Islam on the international stage and ensure the inter-confessional, inter-national and inter-cultural peace and accord.

    Second, the sustainable social and economic development is impossible to imagine without broad scientific-technical cooperation aimed at simplification of the ways to introduce the new and innovative technologies, other achievements of science and technology into practice.

    The issues of development of science and technology must secure a commendable place in the OIC’s agenda.

    Third, the problems of security are continuing to remain as a serious factor which hinders development of both certain states of the region and the Muslim world as a whole.

    In tackling the problems of security it is important to ensure the unity of the OIC member-states, eradicate the differences among them and unite their efforts in combating the ideology of terrorism and extremism.

    Fourth, the Islamic world possesses the enormous economic and investment potential, as well as the energy resources which allow to sustain the high rates of sustainable socio-economic development. In this regard, it is especially important the need to better the mechanisms of cooperation and expanding the mutually beneficial trade and investment ties in the OIC framework, as well as among the states of the OIC area with other advanced countries of the world.

    Fifth, the problem of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction is one of the most acute problems of modernity. In 1992 Uzbekistan joined the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. In 1993 it initiated the establishment of a nuclear-free zone in Central Asia. This initiative was implemented in the form of a Treaty on the Central Asia Nuclear Weapon Free Zone signed by Uzbekistan and neighboring states in 2006, as well as the Protocol of Guarantees signed by five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in 2014.

    Uzbekistan stands up for a consistent expansion of geography of nuclear weapon free zones and supports the idea of creating a nuclear-free zone in the Middle East.

    Dear members of delegations!

    We are convinced that all our countries stand up for consolidation of the role and place and raising the authority of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in the international community. The achievement of these goals directly depends on the extent of our unity, deepening of mutual understanding and mutual respect, readiness to a sober compromise and aspiration of parties to find the touch points of interests.

    In this context, it will be important, and I would rather say, it will be of a key importance the work and decisions adopted at an expert level and particularly the Senior Officials Meeting.

    The outcomes of this event in many ways will be a core and will pinpoint the success of the forthcoming Tashkent Session of the OIC Council of Foreign Ministers.

    I would like to wish all participants of today’s meeting a productive and effective work in terms of discussions of the issues in agenda and endorsing the certain resolutions.

    Thank you.

    Assalamu-alaykum va rahmatullohi va barakatuhu!