Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Organization of Turkic States voiced concern over the deteriorating security situation in the world, pointing out that Uzbekistan is neighbors to one of the most conflict-torn countries in the world, referring to Afghanistan.
"Of course, we are all seriously concerned about the situation in neighboring Afghanistan today. ... We advocate for a regular dialogue between the foreign ministers of the organization's member countries in order to develop common approaches to the Afghan issue," he stressed.
In the meeting, the former President of Turkmenistan, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, also called for efforts to improve the situation in Afghanistan.
"Countries that speak Turkic have a lot in common with Afghanistan, and it's important to us that Afghanistan has historic sites. The developments in Afghanistan are important to us, and it is our duty to work together and take steps to build peace and stability,” Berdimuhamedow said.
Meanwhile, political experts consider the role of Uzbekistan to be important for solving the current challenges in Afghanistan.
"This issue has two sides, one of which is to make efforts inside Afghanistan and the other is for the international community to make efforts from outside, to build a rapport that would improve the economic situation of Afghanistan,” said Tariq Farhadi, political expert.
"Our country is in a serious economic, political, and cultural crisis, and we need the cooperation with the region's countries and the international community," said Hassan Haqyar, a political expert.
The OTS is an interstate bloc, established with the aim of expanding cooperation between Turkish-speaking countries in the fields of politics, economics, science, education, transport, and tourism.
The members of the organization are Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Türkiye, and Uzbekistan. Hungary and Turkmenistan have observer status in the organization.