The gridlock on Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan’s border has reportedly been loosened following the signing of a document that could begin to thaw the diplomatic frost between the two nations.
A roadmap setting the terms for border inspections was signed on December 2 by Kazakhstan’s deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin and his Kyrgyz counterpart, Tolkunbek Abdygulov.
The effect was seemingly almost instantaneous at the border, where intensified inspections by Kazakh officials over the past weeks have caused kilometer-long lines of cargo trucks.
“Around 300 cargo vehicles were allowed through the Ak-Tilek motor crossing between 1800 on December 2 and 0800 on December 3. The Kazakh side has sped up the process of inspections of cargo and transport and is allowing through 20 vehicles every hour,” the Kyrgyz border was quoted as saying by Sputnik news agency.
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