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01 June 2022, 16:10

Uzbekistan supports promotion of cultural diversity in SCO

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MINSK, 1 June (BelTA) – Uzbekistan supports the promotion of cultural diversity in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) countries, First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Belarus Gairat Yuldashev said at the roundtable to discuss public diplomacy in cooperation between Belarus and the SCO, BelTA informs.

“Today public diplomacy with its inherent openness and impartiality is coming to play an important role. It brings together scientists, artists, youth and sports organizations. That is why during its chairmanship in the SCO Uzbekistan pays so much attention to the promotion of public diplomacy as a mechanism to strengthen mutual understanding and trust between countries,” he said.

The diplomat recalled that in May 2022 Tashkent hosted the SCO People's Diplomacy Forum under the motto “People's diplomacy-mutual understanding for the sake of development”, which was one of the most remarkable events during Uzbekistan's chairmanship in the organization. The event was aimed to highlight and promote cultural diversity and great potential of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, including in the tourism industry.

“Being at the crossroads of several cultures Uzbekistan has managed to create an atmosphere of tolerance that safeguards peaceful coexistence of representatives of various ethnicities and faiths, which is very important in the modern world,” the embassy representative said.

According to him, at the suggestion of Uzbekistan starting from this year the status of the SCO cultural and tourist capital will be granted annually. Such a status will be given to an Indian city for the first time.

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