Uzbek president calls for greater cooperation in Central Asia

Source: Xinhua| 2019-11-29 22:04:15|Editor: xuxin
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TASHKENT, Nov. 29 (Xinhua) -- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev called for greater regional cooperation at the second consultative meeting of the heads of state of the Central Asian countries held here Friday, the president's press service said.

At the summit, Mirziyoyev advocated closer cooperation of Central Asian countries in trade, transport, energy and tourism sectors, and raised such proposals as organizing a regional investment forum, and accelerating the joint development of a regional transport system, among others.

In addition to Mirziyoyev, First President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well as presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan attended the summit.

"The history, the fate and the future of our people are closely intertwined. And this is a great unifying force of the entire region," Mirziyoyev was quoted by his press service as saying.

The initiative to hold regular consultative meetings of the heads of state of the Central Asian countries was put forward by Mirziyoyev during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017.

The first summit of the leaders of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan took place in March 2018 in Kazakhstan's capital Nur-Sultan.