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NEWS AND EVENTS
September 2, 2006
CENTRAL ASIAN LEADERS HOLD INFORMAL SUMMIT IN ASTANA
President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov arrived in the Kazakh capital city of Astana on 1 September. President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev met the high-ranking guest at the airport.

An informal summit of heads of Central Asian states was held at the President Hotel. Presidents of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov, Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, Kurgyzstan Kurmanbek Bakiyev and Tajikistan Emomali Rahmonov participated in the summit.

The main topic of the negotiations was the issue of speeding up creation of the water and energy consortium of the states of Central Asia. The idea, envisaging coordination and development of cooperation of the regional countries in efficient water and energy use, belongs to Islam Karimov.

The issue was also considered at the summits of the Central Asian Cooperation Organization, and the concept of the consortium was developed within the framework of this structure. At present, issues of implementation of this idea are being actively considered within the Eurasian Economic Community.

At the informal summit in Astana, the presidents also considered development of regional cooperation, and strengthening security and stability in Central Asia.


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