The Guardian published its top 40 destinations to go on holiday in 2019, which included Samarkand. Since President Shavkat Mirziyoyev took over from Islam Karimov in 2016, cautious change is afoot in Uzbekistan, the article said. For tourists keen to experience the country’s famous hospitality, impressive architecture and Silk Road legacy, things are fast improving.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, have been selected as "Asian of the Year" for the politics category for 2018 by the Asia Journalist Association (AJA), as he tried to settle peace and continue interaction between countries in central Asia. Since he became President in December 2016, he has reformed policies to open the economy and improve human rights, releasing political prisoners, Koreatimes said.
On December 15, the Uzbek Ambassador to the United States, Javlon Vakhabov, awarded the President of Turkestanian American Association, Abdullah Kwaja with Dustlik Order, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.
Yesterday, the President Donald Trump Administration extended the sanctions regime targeting human rights abusers and corrupt actors around the world. President Donald J. Trump by his letter to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President of the Senate extended the Executive Order of 2017, December 20 declaring a national emergency with respect to serious human rights abuse and corruption around the world and providing for the imposition of sanctions on actors engaged in these malign activities, the letter said.
The PR Department of the Foreign Ministry informs said that Uzbekistan welcomes the initiative of the Afghan President Ashraf Ghani, on the establishment of the Peace Advisory Council and the governmental group on peace talks.
On December 5-6, 2018, representatives from Uzbekistan joined colleagues from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, and Tajikistan at the 4th High-Level Regional Meeting on “Migration and Tuberculosis (TB): Cross-Border TB Control and Care in the Central Asian Region” in Astana, Kazakhstan.
Uzbekistan supports the Central Asia-South Asia power project (CASA-1000) that will allow for the export of surplus hydroelectricity from Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan to Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov at an international conference on Afghanistan in Geneva Wednesday.
Five Uzbek nationals died when a bus was hit by a train at a crossing in the Ozinsky district of the Saratov province in Russia, and the two injured are the Kazakh nationals.