Turkmen, Uzbek presidents have telephone conversation
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, Jan. 18 / Trend H.Hasanov /
Turkmen President Gurbangulu Berdimuhammedov and Uzbek President Islam Karimov had a telephone conversation this week upon Karimov's initiative, the Turkmen government reported.
The two leaders reaffirmed that Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are committed to a dialogue of friendship, good neighborliness and fruitful partnership.
The leaders exchanged their views on priorities for bilateral cooperation based on economic potential and historical, spiritual and cultural ties. They also discussed regional and global political issues.
Karimov invited Berdimuhammedov to pay an official visit to Uzbekistan in early 2011. The invitation was accepted. The dates of the visit will be scheduled through diplomatic channels.
The two states are connected via a series of major projects, including a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan to China via Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, which opened in December 2009. The parties are also considering the possibility of cooperation in the implementation of a railway project, which would link Central Asia with the Gulf countries.