Uzbekistan: President Announces Fence-Mending Visit to Tajikistan
The president of Uzbekistan announced over the weekend that he is preparing to visit neighboring Tajikistan for a trip that could soothe one of the longest-standing sources of tension in the region.
Tajikistan remains the final and arguably most problematic piece of the puzzle in the “good neighbor” policy adopted by Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has already visited the three other former Soviet Central Asian nations on fence-mending missions. His predecessor, Islam Karimov, who died in September 2016, typically disdained the development of close ties with neighboring countries, at a significant cost to the potential for regional trade.
Mirziyoyev told lawmakers in the Tashkent region on January 6 that important bilateral agreements would be signed during his visit. No dates have yet been provided, but the trip is likely imminent.
“We will sign many agreements on cooperation in the railway and energy spheres. We will also be considering many other issues,” he said.
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