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Tashkent, Ashgabat mull issues of expanding cooperation

12 July 2017 [13:27] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews

By Kamila Aliyeva

Central Asian states, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, which traditionally enjoy fruitful and successful cooperation, voiced commitment to deepen the ties.

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Foreign Minister of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, who arrived in Tashkent on a two-day working visit, discussed the expansion of practical Uzbek-Turkmen cooperation on July 11.

The sides discussed the expansion of cooperation between the countries, as well as new areas of partnership, the National News Agency of Uzbekistan (UzA) reported.

Currently, companies and enterprises of Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are implementing agreements worth over $200 million.

A new batch of cotton harvesting machines, cultivators and other modern equipment was delivered to Turkmenistan. This month, the trade and service center of Uzbekistan will start operating in Ashgabat.

The repair and modernization of rolling stock of Turkmen railways is carried out on the base of Uzbekistan Temir Yollari JSC.

The volumes of transit traffic between the two countries recorded an increase with the opening of the automobile and railway bridges of Turkmenabad-Farab.

The transit of Uzbek cargo by rail through the territory of Turkmenistan increased by 25 percent.

Mirziyoyev and Meredov exchanged views on topical issues of regional and international policy.

The Turkmen FM confirmed his country's readiness for further development of full-scale cooperation.

In 2015, the volume of bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to about $320 million, in January-August of 2016 - $177 million.

Uzbekistan exports fertilizers, construction materials, fruits and vegetables, electrical and mechanical equipment, vehicles, ferrous and non-ferrous metals, services to Turkmenistan. Turkmenistan supplies oil products, propylene polymers, sulfuric acid to Uzbekistan.

In Uzbekistan, 7 enterprises operate with the participation of the Turkmen side. In Turkmenistan, there are 6 enterprises with participation of residents of Uzbekistan.


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