| Foreign Minister of Uzbekistan Vladimir Norov supported the initiative of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) on unity and rally of Muslim countries before fundamental changes, stipulated with new challenges and threats to the security. Norov stated this at the coordination session of the OIC foreign ministers on 26 September. |
Among these threats and challenges are extremism, terrorism, drug business and Islamophobia. Mr Norov supported idea on promotion of the ideology of tolerance, mutual understanding and cultural diversity.
Uzbek official said the Republic of Uzbekistan contributes to support of dialogue among cultures and civilizations, which should be carried out within framework of the international law without pressure and attempts to obtrude unacceptable values and norms of morale, as well as respecting mentality of nations, which was built during many centuries and millenniums.
He recalled that the President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov believes it is necessary to unite Muslim world to protect Islam from ungrounded charges, explain true essence of Islam to young generation and underline its postulates on philanthropy and creativeness.
Uzbek Foreign Minister expressed his concern over the growth of Islamophobia and intolerance in many parts of the world. Uzbekistan is one of the centers of "enlightened Islam" for centuries, he said. "That's why we are seriously concerned over some negative interpretations of Islam's historic role and meaningly distortion of historic facts," Norov said.
He stated Uzbekistan is against transformation of fight against terrorism to Islamophobia and open or hidden confrontation with the Muslim world.
Uzbek minister said achievement of the peace in Afghanistan is important factor in ensuring security and sustainable development of whole Central Asian region. He expressed his confidence that the problems in Afghanistan cannot be solved with military force.
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