UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is leaving for Central Asia for a trip: he will visit Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. On June 8, the head of the UN will arrive in Astana, where he will take part in the celebrations on the occasion of the meeting of the Council of the Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
There will be the meeting of Antonio Guterres with the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev and his speech at the plenary session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization the next day, on June 9.
On Saturday, June 10, the Secretary-General will arrive in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, where he will meet with the country’s president Shavkat Mirziyoyev. In the afternoon, the head of the UN will travel to Nukus, where he will visit the cemetery of ships in the Aral Sea.
Then on Sunday, June 11, the Secretary-General will arrive in Bishkek. After a meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev, Antonio Guterres will travel to Osh to participate in events dedicated to June 2010 events. There was an outbreak of inter-ethnic violence in this city exactly seven years ago.
On June 12, the UN head will visit Tajikistan, and on June 13 – Turkmenistan. He has scheduled meetings with the presidents of these countries. Antonio Guterres will speak at a conference on sustainable development in Dushanbe, and will take part in a high-level dialogue dedicated to the implementation of the strategy for combating terrorism in Central Asia in Ashgabat.