Uzbekistan celebrates 25th independence anniversary
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Sept. 1
By Demir Azizov– Trend:
Today, on Sept.1, Uzbekistan celebrates the 25th anniversary of the country’s state independence.
The state independence of Uzbekistan was proclaimed on August 31, 1991 at an extraordinary session of the Supreme Council of the republic. The statement of the Supreme Council regarding the state independence of the republic was adopted at the session. September 1 was approved as Independence Day of Uzbekistan by the relevant decision.
In a short historical period of 25 years Uzbekistan achieved tremendous success in virtually all areas of life and has taken a worthy place in the world community.
Uzbekistan’s economy during the time of independence was developing on the basis of own model of modernization and renewal of society considering the existing potential of the republic. As a result, the economic potential of the country significantly increased - over the past 11 years, the country’s GDP growth didn’t fall below eight percent through implementing modernization programs of various sectors of the economy.
The 25th anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence was overshadowed by the sudden illness of Islam Karimov, the country’s president and the leader of the Uzbek people.
A series of major celebrations, which traditionally took place with the participation of Karimov, have been canceled due to illness of the president.
President Islam Karimov congratulated the people of Uzbekistan with the 25th anniversary of independence of the republic. The text of congratulations was read on the evening news, Aug. 31.
“We didn’t make hasty decisions or take any reckless steps on the way to achievement of the great purposes set before us - to build a free, democratic state, switch to market economy, to form a civil society, enter the number of the developed countries - we studied global experience, but at the same time, we didn’t copy others,” said the president in the congratulations letter.
“We are supporters of non-interference in the internal affairs of other states and resolving emerging disputes and conflicts only in a peaceful, political way,” Karimov noted regarding priorities in foreign policy of Uzbekistan.