TASHKENT -- Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev Tuesday (September 19) addressed the UN General Assembly, promising to bring more prosperity and tolerance of human rights to his country and to Central Asia, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported Wednesday (September 20).
Mirziyoyev, one of 34 national leaders to speak Tuesday before the body, was giving his first address to the General Assembly.
"We proceed from one simple truth: the richer the people are, the stronger shall be the state," he said, according to an English translation posted by the UN.
Policies to help stimulate the Uzbekistani economy included the free float of the Uzbekistani som (enacted earlier in September), for which the government had previously set an exchange rate, he said.
Uzbekistan supports efforts to launch peace talks in Afghanistan and will continue helping rebuild Afghanistan's devastated infrastructure, he added.
Uzbekistan is working to abolish child labour and to form an independent judiciary, he said.
As for terrorism, he called rehabilitation and re-education the primary ways to combat it, saying that "ignorance and intolerance are at the heart of international terrorism and extremism".
Presidents of Central Asian countries overall called 2017 a year of changes and said they foresee further innovations in 2018.
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