Cooperation in central Asia
The foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan signed an agreement on the junction point of the borders of the three states. The agreement was signed during the international conference on security and sustainable development in Central Asia under the auspices of the United Nations in Uzbekistan’s Samarkand.
The agreement will allow completing one of the stages of international legal registration of the state border between Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan and will strengthen the territorial integrity of the three republics.
KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH FOREIGN MINISTER:
- This is a historical document for the Central Asia. Three states have defined their borders at a legal level. This is directly related to ensuring the security of our country.
Along with the foreign ministers of the Central Asian countries, the conference brought together the Foreign Ministers of Afghanistan, Iran, the High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, heads of the secretariats of the SShanghai Cooperation Organization, Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe , Commonwealth of Independent States, the UN and other international organizations. President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev highlighted the need to improve trade, economic, humanitarian relations for sustainable development of the five countries in the region and proposed to create an economic forum for Central Asia.
SHAVKAT MIRZIYOYEV, PRESIDENT OF UZBEKISTAN:
- Ultimately, simple human communication is the most reliable way to strengthen friendship, mutual understanding and stability in the region.
Security and peace are the basis for sustainable development of the states. That is why the countries prioritize friendship and cooperation, experts say. Effective interaction between neighbors is particularly important. Central Asian republics are showing that they are able to work together to strengthen the potential of the entire region.