Since the election of Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the presidency of Uzbekistan in 2016, the country has not only witnessed an unprecedented era of comprehensive development, but has also strengthened its position in the international arena, becoming a leading power in Central Asia. Shavkat Mirziyoyev was proclaimed a fighter for reforms in Uzbekistan.
In Uzbekistan, all large-scale reforms are carried out within the framework of the National Action Strategy on Five Priority Development Areas in 2017-2021. Particular attention is paid to ensuring human interests and freedoms, further strengthening national and religious values.
Freedom of religion, guaranteed by national legislation, has created all the necessary conditions to meet the religious needs of citizens, both members of various national and ethnic groups. Under Uzbek law, there are no restrictions on the number of religious organizations and their duration.
The government provides assistance to various religions, regardless of religion, by allocating funds for the repair, restoration and maintenance of religious sites. The government also does not impose restrictions on public manifestations of worship that go beyond the usual observance of a fair public order, so that they can freely celebrate all religious holidays, incl. Eid al-Adha and Ramadan Hait, etc.
In recent years, the leadership of Uzbekistan has also provided assistance in organizing a pilgrimage to the holy places of Mecca and Medina, the Koran has been translated into Uzbek. Hundreds of mosques and places of worship have been built and restored.
In addition, the subject "History of Religions" is included in the school curriculum of Uzbekistan, through which secondary school students get acquainted with the important foundations, spiritual concepts and ritual rules of all major world religions.
In particular, the creation of international research centers of Imam Bukhari, Imam Termizi and Imam Maturidi, the Center for Islamic Civilization and the International Islamic Academy of Uzbekistan became an important step in promoting and disseminating the humanistic ideas of traditional Islam.
Today, all over the world, when speaking about Uzbekistan, the expression "rapid changes" is increasingly used. This is a recognition that in just a few recent years the country has entered a completely new stage of development and has achieved significant success on this path. In this regard, we can say that today, when the powerful potential of the Uzbek people is being fully realized, the foundation of a new era of the Renaissance - the third Renaissance is being laid in Uzbekistan.
It is known that a sharp cultural rise in Central Asia (IX-XV and XIV-XVI centuries) occurred before the European Renaissance (XIV-XVI centuries). At the same time, you can find out: history repeats itself, Uzbekistan, located in the heart of the region, again becomes a point of all-round growth and development - the foundation of the Third Renaissance is being born here.
The most important thing is that the reforms carried out in Uzbekistan in this area are supported in the world. An important event was the adoption on December 12, 2018 by the UN General Assembly of the resolution "Enlightenment and Religious Tolerance", initiated by the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in September 2017.
The document, the draft of which was developed by Uzbekistan and adopted in record time, was solidly supported by all UN member states. It is noteworthy that the resolution was not only unanimously supported by all UN member states, but also adopted with the co-authorship of over 50 countries, incl. and Thailand.
In addition, continuing to put forward new initiatives in the field of human rights, during his speech at the 46th session of the UN Human Rights Council, the President of Uzbekistan initiated a Global Forum dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights Education and Training.
It should be noted that in Uzbekistan there are a large number of religious centers, such as the Khazrati Imam Complex, where one of the most valuable relics of Islam is kept - the Koran of Caliph Osman, the Tomb of the great Islamic theologian Muhammad al-Bukhari, the burials of the Sufis of the Naqshbandiyya brotherhood and much more. To touch the historical shrines, millions of tourists from all over the world visit the country every year.
In this regard, Uzbekistan is making significant efforts in the direction of Ziyorat tourism. Introduced visa-free transit entry for up to 5 days for citizens of 100 countries, incl. Thailand. A Piligrim visa has been introduced for a period of up to 2 months to foreign citizens who come to make pilgrimages and study the cultural, historical, religious and spiritual heritage and traditions of Uzbekistan.
Our Foundation of the Islamic Centre of Thailand also encourages all Muslims in Thailand to take the opportunity to visit Uzbekistan and get acquainted with the masterpieces of Islamic civilization and history. We are ready to become a bridge of friendship, cooperation and public diplomacy between Thailand and Uzbekistan.
In conclusion, I would like to raise one important issue. In 2021. an important political event will take place in Uzbekistan - the election of the President of Uzbekistan. Of course, these will be alternative elections with a large number of candidates. However, the path that the people of Uzbekistan have traveled under the leadership of Mr. Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the past 5 years gives us reason to talk about who the Uzbek people see as their leader for the next presidential term. Of course, we cannot decide for others, but there is confidence that the Uzbek people will support the reforms begun in 2016.