Wednesday, 25, April, 2018

National

It is no longer viable to delay the beginning of the intra-Afghan political process. It will cost the lives of many more innocent people, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev said today at the conference on Afghanistan "Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Collaboration".

The European Union is ready to support the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's proposal to omit the members of the Taliban movement who will support the peace processfrom their sanctions list.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev met with the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, who arrived in Tashkent to attend the conference on Afghanistan "Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Collarobation", the Uzbek President's press service said.

The next meeting of the foreign ministers of the EU- Central Asia format took place today in Tashkent, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported.

The UN Special Representative for Afghanistan, Tadamichi Yamamoto arrived in Uzbekistan to attend the Tashkent conference on Afghanistan: "Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity".

Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov today hosted US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, who arrived in Tashkent to attend the conference on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity", the ministry said.

By the government’s March 22 decree the buildings and structures of the former pretrial detention facility No. 1 in Tashkent, commonly known as Toshturma (transl. Stone Prison), will be demolished, the Ministry of Justice said in its Telegram channel.

A lot of cash is being invested in resolving the Afghan crisis - billions are contributed as technical assistance, humanitarian assistance, armament and equipment. However, one of the main problems of the Afghan crisis is an abundance of arms and cash, with shortage of diplomacy, the first deputy chairman of the Uzbek Senate Sodiq Safoyev said at a press conference on Saturday.

On 26 March 2018, the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani has accepted the invitation of the Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and will pay a working visit to Uzbekistan, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.

US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will travel to Tashkent, Uzbekistan, on 25-27 March 2018.