Uzbek, Kazakh leaders hold face-to-face meeting

Uzbek, Kazakh leaders hold face-to-face meeting

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Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( — At the invitation of President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev arrived in Uzbekistan on April 14 on a state visit. The high-ranking guest has been met today, on April 15, at Kuksaroy country residence with an official ceremony.

Following the formal procedure, the heads of state held face-to-face talks.

Uzbekistan’s President greeted his colleague on a visit to the country and noted that the event constitutes a consistent continuation of the political dialogue that has intensified in recent years.

“We highly value the fact that your first state visit as President of the Republic of Kazakhstan is a visit to Uzbekistan. In this we see a clear manifestation of commitment to further enhancement of the strategic partnership between our two countries. For us, Kazakhstan is a close neighbor and strategic partner. We are pleased with the positive dynamics in all areas of cooperation”, Shavkat Mirziyoyev said.

Kazakhstan’s President expressed gratitude to the Head of the state for the invitation to Uzbekistan and voiced his conviction that the negotiations would prove fruitful.

“I fully agree with your assessment of the quality and practical substance of cooperation between our two countries. You, dear Shavkat Miromonovich, and the First President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, raised the interstate relations to a completely new level. I consider it my task to maintain this pace. In Kazakhstan, there is a very high need for cooperation with the fraternal Uzbekistan”, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev suggested.

The two Presidents discussed prospects of furthering the bilateral relations of friendship and good neighborliness, bolstering the cooperation in trade, transport, manufacturing industry, tourism and other areas, and they exchanged views on regional and international issues of shared interest.

Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan interact constructively within the framework of such international bodies as the UN, the SCO, the CIS, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea. Kazakhstan supported the launch of an Uzbekistan-initiated United Nations Multi-Partner Human Security Trust Fund for the Aral Sea Region.

The two sides also deliberated on issues pertaining to the consolidation of regional peace and security and the assistance to address the situation in Afghanistan.

The parties confirmed the unity or similarity of the two countries’ stances on issues of the regional and international agenda.