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Uzbekistan: President Cannot Get Enough of Turkmenistan

When Uzbekistan’s president likes a place, he likes it to pay it a repeat visit, or so it would seem.

Shavkat Mirziyoyev is set to go on a second trip to Turkmenistan on May 19-20 — he first went in March — at the behest of this Turkmen counterpart, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov.

The leaders will meet for talks and sign off on some intergovernmental agreement to “further develop cooperation.” Trade and transportation are likely to be at the top of the agenda.

Turkmenistan was actually the first country that Mirziyoyev visited as president, a choice that sent a signal that the new Uzbek leader was intending to live up to vows that he would favor regional relations over those with the usual larger geo-strategic partners. The main outcomes of that visit were a strategic cooperation agreement and a pledge to improve transportation links.

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