Presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan discuss prospects of cooperation
Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Nov. 25
By Demir Azizov- Trend:
The prospects and main direction of Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation will be determined by Presidents Islam Karimov and Gurbanguli Berdimuhamedov during the upcoming visit of the Turkmen president to Tashkent.
Turkmenistan president will visit Uzbekistan in Nov.25-26, 2013.
During the high level negotiations the sides will discuss the prospects and main direction of Uzbek-Turkmen relations and key regional and international problems.
Duringthe visit, scheduled to adopt a joint declaration by heads of states, signing a number of documents aimed to further strengthening of bilateral cooperation in various spheres.
The previous visit of the Turkmen president to Uzbekistan took place in May 2011. As a result, intergovernmental agreements on the mutual creation of a trade mission, scientific and technological cooperation and a memorandum of understanding between the national libraries of the two countries were signed.
In October 2012, Uzbek President Islam Karimov paid an official visit to Ashgabat during which an economic cooperation agreement was signed between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan for 2013-2017.
According to the Uzbek State Statistics Committee, trade turnover between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan amounted to $424.4 million in 2012. Uzbekistan exported some $164.3 million worth of goods to Turkmenistan, while import purchases from Turkmenistan amounted to $260.1 million.
Around seven joint enterprises with the participation of Turkmen capital operate in Uzbekistan and six enterprises created with the participation of Uzbek investors operate in Turkmenistan.