On November 8, 2017, SCO Secretary-General Rashid Alimov met with Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov.
The minister called SCO "a powerful, internationally-recognised organisation, with potential which is now gaining new momentum," and approved of the Secretary-General's participation in the international conference, Central Asia: One Past and a Common Future, Cooperation for Sustainable Development and Mutual Prosperity, which will be held on November 10-11, 2017, in Samarkand.
Central Asia "has a rich cultural heritage that defines its geopolitical significance," Kamilov said. At the same time, "Central Asian states have everything they need to move confidently towards progress in the interest of their neighbours' prosperity," he emphasised. The conference aroused great interest in the world; over 300 representatives of foreign states are expected to participate. This will allow the participants to exchange views on a wide range of issues concerning regional development prospects.
The foreign minister also noted that Central Asian states have a rich past that they all share, and a bright future as well. "Central Asia is the main priority in Uzbekistan's foreign policy," Kamilov said. The SCO Secretary-General noted that the initiative to hold the forthcoming international conference is of great significance to both the region and the world in general. "The conference agenda is similar to SCO's creative activities," Mr. Alimov said. "This conference will draw attention to Central Asia as a region of good-neighbourliness, stability and common development."
Mr. Alimov also told the Foreign Minister about the progress made in trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian spheres, and about cooperation in the area of security after the SCO Astana Summit.
The meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere.