By Kamila Aliyeva
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The development of relations with neighboring countries will be among the main priorities of foreign policy of Uzbekistan in the coming years, the First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic Javlon Vakhabov said in the course of discussions of the draft Strategy of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 years, Trend reported.
“Among the most important directions identified by the government of the republic, we have defined the development of relations with our neighbors, Central Asian countries, as a first priority,” said Vakhabov.
Earlier, the President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, when identifying priorities in the field of foreign policy, set a goal to provide new impetus to the friendly and mutually beneficial relations with neighboring countries.
“We will continue our policy of building mutually respectful relations with the Russian Federation and other CIS states,” said Vakhabov, adding that Uzbekistan’s intention is “to build the same equal dialogue with Western partners and partners from Asia.”
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, a strategy for foreign policy and foreign economic activity of Uzbekistan for 2017 will be developed. Including the development of two so-called “road maps” - the development of cooperation of Uzbekistan with foreign partners in the political and diplomatic sphere, as well as the implementation of concrete measures in the economic, trade, finance and investment, scientific and educational fields will be issued in the forms of government decisions.
Vakhabov said that the first "roadmap" will include the organization of visits, meetings and talks at the highest levels. In addition it will include political consultations, consultations at the level of other ministries and departments, a number of tasks and activities to promote the foreign policy initiatives and proposals put forward by the government of Uzbekistan.
Within the framework of the second "road map", the implementation of practical measures in the economic, trade, finance and investment, scientific and educational spheres is provided.
“It is about the expansion of exports, diversification of the range of exported abroad domestic products, the participation of foreign partners in investment projects of Uzbekistan, bringing them to the process of localization,” Foreign Ministry spokesman said, adding that the actions aimed at expansion of the contacts with leading foreign universities and a number of other tasks were taken.
The development strategy of Uzbekistan for 2017-2021 was submitted for nationwide discussions. It includes five priority areas: foreign policy, modernization of public administration, judicial system, economic liberalization and reforms in the social sector.
The project has proposed to form a National Commission for the implementation of the Uzbekistan’s Strategy on five priority areas for 2017-2021, and a Commission on the implementation of the selected priority areas.
The strategy will be implemented in five phases, each of which provides for approval of an annual National program for its implementation.
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