On January 17th, 2012 Mjusa Sever, Director of Regional Dialogue and Head of RD Uzbek Branch office in Uzbekistan had a meeting with Mr. Vladimir Norov, Deputy Foreign Minister of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the staff of the Foreign Ministry’s European Department. During the meeting, Sever had a chance to present main activities of Regional Dialogue conducted in Uzbekistan with the support of the European Union. Foreign Ministry assured their assistance to the upcoming activities, especially those focusing on the rights of women and the role of families in protection of children’s rights. Different aspects of specific Uzbek cultural traditions that have developed throughout its historic experiences shaping Uzbek national identity have also been discussed since one of the main dimensions of the work of Regional Dialogue in Uzbekistan is also devoted to working with mahallas, local neighborhoods. There are about 10.000 mahallas in Uzbekistan, and they represent the most grassroots community structure. Mahallas enjoy certain level of self-governing and represent the most basic level of civil society in Uzbekistan.
Deputy Foreign Minister Norov and Director of Regional Dialogue Sever also shared views about situation in the region and the role of Uzbekistan as regional actor.