On September 6, the Dostuk border crossing between Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan fully reopened to the public for the first time since 2010.
Positioned right between two populous Ferghana Valley cities — Osh and Andijan — the reopened crossing will not just help reunite once-divided families, but will also provide a fillip to regional trade.
Thousands on both sides of the border turned out to watch reopening ceremonies. Many were visibly moved and wept. It was especially noteworthy that such large crowds assembled in countries where public gatherings are often viewed with nervous suspicion by authorities.
A stage was erected not far from the border, on which singers performed. Addressing the crowd, the governor of Uzbekistan’s Andijan region, Shukhratbek Abdurakhmanov, promised that border-crossing procedures would be hassle-free.
“You will be able to cross just by showing your passport. You won’t need any telegrams or any other documents,” he announced to raucous applause.
Dostuk will now operate round the clock.
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