President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov made a two-day state visit to Uzbekistan May 5-6, reciprocating a visit made by Uzbek President Islam Karimov to Turkmenistan in October 2010. The Turkmen leader was met at the airport by Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev, Foreign Minister Elyor Ganiev and others, and was greeted by President Islam Karimov the next morning. The visit was covered by the state-controlled media in both countries with the maximum amount of boilerplate stressing "age-old ties of friendship, brotherhood and spiritual kinship" and "mutual commitment to a strategy of full cooperation," but it was not clear what the two Central Asian leaders really talked about or whether they were overcoming their age-old antagonisms.
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