Tashkent, Astana to continue to expand cooperation
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Aug.14 /Trend D.Azizov/
The issues of expanding bilateral relations in law enforcement sphere, in combating terrorism, religious extremism, organized crime, drug trafficking and other transnational threats were discussed during the Uzbek-Kazakh inter-ministerial political consultations held on August 13 - 14 in Tashkent, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.
The delegation of Kazakhstan at the consultations was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Amangeldy Zhumabayev, the Uzbek side - Deputy Foreign Minister Komil Rashidov.
The two sides exchanged views on the status and future directions of Uzbek-Kazakh dialogue in the political-diplomatic, commercial, cultural and humanitarian fields and discussed issues of regional politics, the Foreign Ministry said.
A schedule of upcoming contacts at various levels was considered. It was noted that the basis for ongoing cooperation development is the regular meetings of the heads of two states, the results of which give new impetus to the Uzbek-Kazakh relations.
At the meeting the sides stressed the mutual interest in increasing bilateral trade, which has increased more than twofold during the past three years and exceeded $2.7 billion in 2011. The sides reaffirmed their readiness to contribute to the expansion of contacts between business circles of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.
During the visit to Tashkent the members of the Kazakh delegation were also received in ministries and agencies of Uzbekistan, where they discussed the current issues of cooperation.
The consultations were attended by the Ambassador of Kazakhstan Boribay Zheksembin.