Uzbekistan to continue multi-vector foreign policy
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 10
By Elena Kosolapova – Trend:
Current acting Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will become the next president of Uzbekistan with a 100 percent probability, a Russian expert told Trend Sept. 10.
No major changes will take place in foreign and domestic policy of Uzbekistan during Mirziyoyev’s rule, said Leonid Gusev, a senior research fellow at the Analytical Center of the International Studies Institute at the Moscow State Institute of International Relations.
“Regarding foreign policy, Mirziyoyev, like his predecessor, will conduct a multi-vector policy,” Gusev said. “He will cooperate with Russia and China, the EU and the US.”
The expert added it will be good if the new president to some extent succeeds in establishing relations with Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, however it is difficult to say for now how the relations with the neighbors in the region will develop. At the same time, Gusev noted that no conflicts are observed within the country and around it.
In domestic policy, Mirziyoyev, as well as Islam Karimov, is sharply opposed to the internal opposition of Uzbekistan and acts against Islamist organizations, Gusev added.
The first president of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov passed away Sept. 2 at the age of 78 after a stroke.
Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev was appointed the acting president by a decision of a joint meeting of the Senate and the Legislative Chamber of Uzbekistan’s Parliament Sept. 8.
Uzbekistan will hold presidential election Dec.4.
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