Trade Possibilities Spurring Rapprochement Between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
As visitors arrived at the UzExpoCenter exhibition hall in Tashkent last week, they were greeted by sight of a carpet woven with the image of the presidents of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan shaking hands. Some took photos of themselves cheerfully standing in front of the carpet.
For three days, ending October 13, Tajik entrepreneurs representing around 120 companies showed off their wares at the trade fair in the Uzbek capital. The event was a response to an analogous event in April organized for Uzbek exporters looking to expand their market in Tajikistan.
Prior to this year, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan for the best part of two decades had engaged in a low-level cold war. Thus, the sense of novelty about the goodwill exchange is strong.
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