We were deeply saddened by the untimely and unexpected death of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan His Excellency Mr. Islam Abduganievich Karimov.
Islam Karimov was not only a prominent figure of political and social life in the Republic of Uzbekistan, but also one of the most inspiring world leaders of our times. He was the first democratically elected President of the Republic of Uzbekistan and made a great contribution to the building and development of Uzbekistan as the sovereign and independent state. We highly appreciate and value his efforts, which he made during his leadership as Head of State in Uzbekistan.
We strongly believe that the legacy of Islam Karimov will live on and become an inspiration for next generations, and Uzbekistan will follow the way that was chosen by its first President in the future.
With our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and people of Uzbekistan.
International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA)