Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan Agree To Boost Trade-Economic Cooperation

TASHKENT, Uzbekistan, April 16 (NNN-AGENCIES) – The presidents of the two central Asian nations of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, agreed in Tashkent, to boost trade and economic cooperation, avoid double taxation, cooperate in air defence, and develop cultural ties.

Uzbekistan’s President, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and his visiting Kazakhstan’s counterpart, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, told reporters that, the two neighbouring countries plan to raise trade turnover from the current three billion U.S. dollars to five billion U.S. dollars by the end of 2020.

The heads of state noted that, the talks were held in the spirit of openness and the entire agenda of cooperation was thoroughly discussed, and mutually beneficial agreements were reached.

The documents signed, as the result of talks, also included fighting illegal migration, protection of the rights of migrant workers in both countries.

An air defence cooperation agreement between the two countries included accepting each other’s military aircraft at Uzbek and Kazakh airports, providing technical support and safeguarding.

Both presidents also attended the opening of the Year of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan, aimed to develop cultural ties.– NNN-AGENCIES