Uzbek president to discuss urgent regional and international issues in Ashgabat in early October
Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Sept. 29 / Trend D. Azizov /
Uzbek President Islam Karimov will pay a visit to Ashgabat on Oct. 1-2, 2012 upon Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov's invitation, the Uzbek National News Agency (UzA) reported.
"The agenda of the summit includes the talks and exchanging the views on the development of multifaceted Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation and important regional and international issues," UzA reported.
A joint statement will be made by the presidents following the talks. A number of documents envisaging further expansion of cooperation in the political, diplomatic, economic, trade, cultural and humanitarian spheres will be signed.
The traditional friendly relations between Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are characterized by increased dynamics of the bilateral partnership.
The presidents' previous meeting was held in Tashkent in May 2011. During the summit, the parties reiterated their commitment to further expand political, trade-economic, scientific-technical and cultural cooperation.
The also stressed the commitment to the principles of progressive development of interstate and intergovernmental cooperation, aimed at effective implementation of the agreements.
Tashkent and Ashgabat have similar views in strengthening the regional security and stability, creating new effective mechanisms to intensify the negotiation process to resolve the Afghan crisis with the participation of international organizations, the joint fight against threats such as international terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, transnational organized crime.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan share a common position on the water and energy issues in Central Asia.
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan have signed more than 150 documents regulating the relations between the two countries in all spheres.
According to the Uzbek official statistics, the bilateral trade increased by 70 percent and hit over $ 450 million in 2011.
Uzbek President Islam Karimov's forthcoming official visit to Turkmenistan will promote comprehensive strengthening and expanding the productive Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation, based on the positive experience of joint work.
There are seven joint ventures with the Turkmen capital in Uzbekistan, six of the companies created with the participation of Uzbek investors in Turkmenistan.