President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov met with Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan Serik Akhmetov at the Oqsaroy on December 21.
Greeting the guest, the head of our state noted that cooperation with Kazakhstan has always been a priority one for Uzbekistan. The former is considered in the latter as a reliable, time-tested partner and a close neighbor.
Islam Karimov’s official visit to Kazakhstan last September proved timely and desirable, while the fruitful talks with Nursultan Nazarbaev demonstrated the concurrence and similarity of positions and approaches on practically all issues in the contemporary agenda.
The leaders of our two countries agreed that the relations between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have been built – and are to continue to do so – on the firm conviction in the community and indivisibility of long-term strategic and national priorities along with an intention to jointly further the wide-ranging goals and objectives our two nations have sought.
During the past few years, the established trend has been characterized by the mutual support for fundamental positions of these two countries across the most pressing issues within the frameworks of various multilateral formats.
Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan have maintained a single, coordinated stance on the topic of elaborating a fair system of water use in the region, a posture fixed in the Joint Declaration of Presidents signed September 7, 2012. The document stipulates the resolution of water and energy issues, including the construction of new hydropower facilities on trans-border rivers, in compliance with UN conventions as well as with a consideration of interests of all states in the region, with a mandatory international independent expertise.
Kazakhstan is one of Uzbekistan’s important economic partners, trade with which has been exemplified by a dynamic and sustainable growth. In 2011, the bilateral trade increased by 47 percent to reach 2.8 billion US dollars. The turnover for the first ten months of this year has amounted to 2.3 billion dollars.
Serik Akhmetov expressed sincere gratefulness to Islam Karimov for a warm welcome and noted Kazakhstan’s considerable interest in the further advancement of relations with Uzbekistan across all spheres of cooperation.
The meeting served as a venue to exchange views on issues concerning trade-economic and cultural-humanitarian interaction of our two nations, as well as on other subjects of shared interest.