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NEWS AND EVENTS
February 24, 2005
UZBEK, KAZAKH LEADERS DISCUSS TIES, ECONOMIC COOPERATION
Uzbek President Islam Karimov held a telephone conversation with Kazakh counterpart on Wednesday.

The report said that heads of two countries discussed actual issues on bilateral relations and regional cooperation, as well as issues on fight against international terrorism and religious extremism.

The sides achieved agreement on meeting and holding negotiations between heads of law enforcement bodies of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan to coordinate activity on fight against terrorism and extremism.

Presidents also discussed issues on water problems. Karimov said that the Uzbek side is ready to pass water from Shardarya water reservoir to Arnasay cavaty despite problems on re-settlement of some Uzbek families. Kazakh leader expressed his gratitude.

Leaders of two countries agreed to continue work on expansion of trade-economic cooperation.

Karimov said that Uzbek Foreign Ministry did not have any connection to spread of information on Kazakh leader?s initiative. Some agencies reported that Uzbek Foreign Ministry founds initiative of the president of Kazakhstan on creation of Central Asian Union as unfounded.


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