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Uzbekistan PM Visits Kyrgyzstan on Ice-Breaking Mission

The prime of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, on the left, meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart, Sooronbai Jeenbekov, in Bishkek on August 16, 2017. (Photo: Kyrgyz government website)

The prime minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, flew to neighboring Kyrgyzstan on August 16 to further break the historic frostiness in ties and overcome remaining points of contention, such as yet-unsettled border delimitation.

The intergovernmental encounter in Bishkek was the first between the two nations in eight years.

Inability to agree on national boundaries has been a major sticking point in relations since the fall of the Soviet Union, but diplomacy has picked up swiftly since the death last year of Uzbekistan’s late isolationist president, Islam Karimov.

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Uzbekistan PM Visits Kyrgyzstan on Ice-Breaking Mission

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