UN Secretary General António Guterres tours Central Asian countries and even goes to Osh and Nukus
UN Secretary General António Guterres is on his way to Central Asia, during which he will visit Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan, accordingto the UN News Centre. On 8 June, UN chief will be in Astana where he will attend the celebrations in honour of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Heads of State Council.
The next day, 9 June, Antonio Guterres is scheduled to meet with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev and to deliver his speech at the SCO plenary session. On Saturday, 10 June, UN chief will meet Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Samarkand, and he will travel to Nukus (the autonomous territory of Uzbekistan) to visit a ship graveyard on the Aral Sea in the afternoon.
On Sunday, 11 June, the Secretary-General will arrive in Bishkek. After a meeting with Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev, António Guterres will travel to Osh to attend a commemoration of the June 2010 events. Exactly 7 years ago there was an outbreak of inter-ethnic violence in this city.
In Tajikistan, UN chief will arrive on 12 June. In Dushanbe, Antonio Guterres will meet with President Emomali Rahmon and speak at a conference on sustainable development. On June 13, he will travel to Turkmenistan, where he will hold talks with Gurbanguly Berdymuhamedov and participate in a High-level UN Central Asian dialogue on implementing the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy in Central Asia
This is the first trip of the new UN Secretary-General to the Central Asian region.