Humanitarian Situation in Afghanistan Rapidly Deteriorating, Says Uzbek President

Saturday, 06/03/2023

Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of Uzbekistan, said on Friday that the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan has been rapidly deteriorating and millions of Afghans have been struggling to survive.

The Uzbek president addressed the second meeting of the leaders of Central Asia and the European Union, which was held in Kyrgyzstan.

According to Gazeta daily, Mirziyoyev called on European countries to continue their humanitarian aid to the people of Afghanistan.

He emphasised that for this purpose, Uzbekistan is ready to provide the logistics hub in Termez for aid to Afghanistan.

The President of Uzbekistan suggested that special envoys of relevant countries should continue to consult to build a common approach to address the Afghan issue.

The first meeting of the heads of state of Central Asian countries and the European Union had been held in Kazakhstan in 2022.

The presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan, the deputy prime minister of Turkmenistan, and Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, participated at the second meeting of Central Asia and the European Union.

Ahead of the meeting of the heads of these countries, the special representatives of Central Asia and the European Union discussed Afghanistan in Ashgabat, the capital of Turkmenistan.

In the joint statement that was published on Friday at the end of this meeting, the participants emphasised on the formation of an inclusive government, ensuring the rights of Afghan women, and fighting terrorism in Afghanistan.

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