June 23, 2016
On 22 June 2016, Tashkent hosted the thirteenth Meeting of the ministers of culture of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

It was attended by Vice-Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan G. A. Ahmedyarov, Minister of Culture of the People\'s Republic of China Lo Shugan, Minister of Culture, Information and Tourism of the Kyrgyz Republic A. A. Maksutov, First Deputy Minister of Culture of Russian Federation V.V. Aristarchus, Minister of Culture of the Republic of Tajikistan Sh. Sh. Orumbekzoda, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan B. M. Ahmedov and SCO Secretary General R. K. Alimov.

The meeting was chaired by the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan B.M.Ahmedov.

The ministers of culture of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan discussed the promising areas of cooperation in the cultural and humanitarian spheres and other issues.

The sides expressed their mutual desire to further develop cultural ties within the SCO framework, strengthening the mutual understanding and respect, harmonious coexistence of different nationalities and religions, active dissemination of knowledge about the centuries-old traditions and customs of the people of SCO member states.

The parties also agreed for further improvement of cooperation with the observer states and dialogue partners of SCO in the field of culture and art, both on a bilateral and on a multilateral basis.

The meeting participants confirmed their readiness to enhance cooperation in such areas as the study and preservation of the cultural heritage of the SCO region, preventing theft and illegal import and export of cultural property, the creation of databases and registers of monuments of architecture, training of specialists in the field of civilization and cultural heritage and restoration of art works and other directions of mutual interest.

Ministers noted that the joint activities in the field of culture and art promote understanding between people, the preservation of cultural diversity and the dissemination of knowledge about the culture of the people around the world. In this context, the meeting participants gave a high assessment to the conducted in 2015 in Uzbekistan jubilee X International Festival \"Sharq taronalari - Melodies of the East\", which leads to the preservation and development of traditions of music and song art of the people around the world.

The parties also agreed that successfully carried out in the territories of the SCO courtiers such activities as the International Arts Festival \"Silk Road\" in the Peoples Republic of China, the International Theatre Festival \"Art-Ordo\" in the Kyrgyz Republic, the Festival of Arts \"Berdemlek - Commonwealth\" in the Russian Federation and the International festival of puppet Theatres \"Chodari khayol\" in the Republic of Tajikistan create the possibility of expanding cultural exchange among people and contribute to the strengthening of friendship and good neighborliness. Events of this format is an exceptional opportunity to unite on one platform all the creative teams of the SCO countries and demonstrate the achievements that reflect the unique national character of each country.

Participants expressed their gratitude to the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan for the warm hospitality and excellent organization of the Meeting of Ministers of Culture of SCO member states.

At the end of the event, the sides agreed that the next meeting of Culture Ministers of SCO member states to be held in 2017.

(Source: UzReport.uz)


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