Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan Ink Era-Defining Partnership Deal
The diplomatic love-in breaking out across Central Asia has forged ahead unabated this week with a visit by the president of Kyrgyzstan to neighboring Uzbekistan.
President Almazbek Atambayev’s stay in Tashkent culminated on October 5 with the inking of a landmark Declaration of Strategic Partnership.
The enormously wide-ranging document commits the two nations to deepening political dialogue, boosting cross-border and regional security cooperation, and creating forums for the enhancement of economic and trade ties.
This has been a record year for bilateral encounters among the region’s heads of state, and the partnership agreement spells out in clear terms that this should serve as the model going forward.
“In the interests of strengthening political dialogue … the heads of state [of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan] will hold bilateral meetings no less than once a year,” the opening statement of the political section of the agreement states.
Those lines of communication will be intensified all the way down the country’s respective levels of government.
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