Astana, Kazakhstan, Nov.25
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
Uzbekistan is the leading trade and economic partner of Kazakhstan in Central Asia, the President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev said Nov.25 during the negotiations in the extended format within the framework of the official visit of the Uzbek leader Islam Karimov to Astana, the press service of the president reported.
"Despite the negative trends in the world economy and the reduction of prices for basic products, the trade turnover between our countries is growing," said Nazarbayev. "At the same time I believe that our two countries have not yet fully exploited the economic potential. Given the fact that the product line is narrow, the intergovernmental commission and our governments should conduct work to increase the volume of trade."
He also thanked for the support of Kazakh candidacy by Uzbekistan to host the EXPO-2017 international exhibition.
"We started the construction of the exhibition complex, we allocate the necessary funds for a worthy holding of the event," said the president of Kazakhstan. "We hope that Uzbekistan will be presented at this exhibition, and our country, in turn, is ready to create the necessary conditions."
In conclusion, the president expressed confidence that the talks will be an important point in strengthening mutual relations, including trade and economic cooperation.
Islam Karimov said that his visit is a logical continuation of the meeting of the two presidents, held in 2013 in Tashkent.
"We consider this visit as a good opportunity to critically examine the whole complex of the Uzbek-Kazakh multifaceted relations, exchange views on topical issues of regional and international issues," said the president of Uzbekistan. "We are deeply convinced that the adoption of historically important Treaty on Strategic Partnership was a relevant step."
Karimov said that today, especially in light of processes emerging in the world, this document gained great topicality.
Karimov said that Uzbekistan welcomes the active foreign policy position of Kazakhstan and initiatives of Nursultan Nazarbayev aimed at strengthening regional and international security, enhancing the authority and role of the country on the international arena.
"At today's talks we emphasized our belief in the commonness and the indivisibility of our long-term strategic and national priorities, reaffirmed the political will and mutual commitment to co-ordinate and work together to solve the ambitious goals and objectives that face us," said Karimov.