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NEWS AND EVENTS
November 6, 2010
Uzbek, Russian foreign affairs ministries hold political talks
Tashkent hosted political talks between Russia\'s and Uzbekistan\'s Ministries of Foreign Affairs on 2 November. Russian delegation was headed by G.Karasin, Deputy Prime Minister for Foreign Affairs. The sides discussed present level of bilateral relations between Russia and Uzbekistan, perspectives for their development in the context of Agreements on strategic partnership and allied relations, exchanged opinions on regional and international issues of both interest. Both sides emphasized the positive dynamics of the bilateral turnover that made up $4.5 billion for nine months of 2010. Moreover, sides agreed to take measures for further development of trade economic cooperation within the framework of annual meetings of intergovernmental commission for the last time held in the end of March 2010 in Tashkent. Special attention was paid to the discussion of the situation in Kyrgyzstan in the context of parliamentarian elections on 10 October 2010. Both sides noted the importance of sooner regulation of this conflict. In the course of political consultations Uzbek and Russian side expressed their anxiety about Afghan problem. Uzbekistan instated upon its position on this issue announced by Islam Karimov on UN MGD summit at New York in September this year. It was noted that alternative ways for achievement of peace and stability in Afghanistan had crucial importance in this situation. Uzbek side expressed confidence that the establishment of 6+3 contact group under the UN aegis could have played an important role. Counteractions against drug trafficking and interdiction, mass scale threat for the whole world, are crucial for stabilizing the situation in this region. It was stated that Uzbekistan had become one of the most effective barriers in Central Asia for Afghan drug trade. Both sides concurred with the necessity of stirring up cooperation in this direction. Political talks also covered the cooperation of both states within the framework of CIS and Collective Security Treaty.

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