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Defenders day

The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev congratulated the people of the Republic and the military personnel with the 27th anniversary of the formation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Day of Defenders of the Motherland.

Congratulation text:

Dear soldiers and sergeants, officers and generals, veterans of our Armed Forces!

Dear compatriots!

I sincerely congratulate you and our entire people on the 27th anniversary of the formation of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Day of Defenders of the Motherland. On this momentous day, in honor of you, our brave soldiers, who have devoted their lives to the defense of the Motherland, I express you my deep gratitude for your service in the name of the country's peace and security. In the words of our outstanding poet and thinker Alisher Navoi, the greatest, most noble and sacred duty of every man is worthy protection for his family, homeland and people.

We are rightly proud of you - the loyal and courageous sons of our country, honorably fulfilling this responsible and very important mission. After all, it is thanks to your service, which you selflessly carry on land, water and airspace, the sky is always clear above us, our dear children, fathers and mothers live in peace and tranquility, the country is becoming more and more prosperous, the well-being of the people is growing.

Taking this opportunity, I consider it is my duty to express my deep gratitude to all the parents of soldiers and officers of the Armed Forces of Uzbekistan who brought up their sons with courageous, strong, real patriots, as well as their spouses who share all the joys and difficulties of life with them.

Dear compatriots!

On these holidays, we have never felt deeply like never before how closely Motherland, the people and the army are inseparable from each other. An important role in this is played by completely new structures effectively operating in all regions - the military-administrative sectors. Today, following the life principle of “The army and the people are one!”, The authorities and administrations of all levels, makhallas, youth, women’s, veteran organizations, educational institutions, and the general public are carrying out their activities. This clearly demonstrates that the defense of the Motherland becomes for all of us not only an important task, but also a sacred duty.

Dear friends!

In the current difficult time, when the world is increasingly exacerbated by threats of international terrorism, extremism, challenges to national and global security, our highest priority remains to increase the combat capability of the Armed Forces, strengthen their material and technical base, provide modern weapons, improve physical and spiritual and intellectual training of military personnel, strengthening their social protection.

A new defense doctrine has been developed, reflecting the firm position of our state in military-political issues. As a result of the ongoing cardinal reforms, the national army becomes mobile, compact and powerful, able to adequately repel any threat.

We are all well aware: in this process, increasing professional knowledge and skills, intellectual and psychological training, and enhancing the spirit of patriotism of servicemen are extremely important.

We will continue to emphasize the all-round increase in the defense power of our state, the training of highly skilled military personnel, and the creation of decent living conditions for the defenders of the Motherland and their families. So, only in 2019, 116 multi-storey houses will be built for military personnel on the basis of soft loans. Over 700 children of the military will be provided with state grants for studying in higher educational institutions. The large-scale work on the improvement of military camps and the creation of modern infrastructure in them will also be consistently continued.

There is a deep meaning in the proverb: “You will win with one by force, with knowledge by a thousand”. From this point of view, we need to bring to the new level the work begun on the modernization of the Armed Forces, in particular, the widespread introduction into the field of military education of modern knowledge, advanced foreign experience, information and communication technologies.

At the same time, our focus should always be on raising the national self-awareness, morale, intellectual potential of servicemen, and enhancing their patriotic education. To this end, it is advisable to introduce such an order when, before taking the military oath, soldiers and cadets will have to demonstrate their knowledge on the subject “History of Uzbekistan” and the book “The Code of Temur”.

Of particular importance is the military-patriotic education of the population, especially young people, based on national values and traditions in this area, the creation of vivid images of modern characters - our soldiers and officers in art works, performances and films. I hope that our famous scientists, writers and poets, cultural figures, the entire creative intelligentsia will work in this direction even more effectively. Dear compatriots!

Courageous and brave defenders of the motherland!

Once again I congratulate you on this glorious holiday, I wish you good health, family happiness, success in your noble and responsible service.

May you always be accompanied by the high trust and respect of our people!


Shavkat Mirziyoyev,

President of the Republic of Uzbekistan

Supreme Commander

Armed Forces

Source: Huquqiy axborot