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At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kassym-Jomart Tokayev paid a state visit to Uzbekistan on April 14-15, 2019.
The President of Uzbekistan expressed his warm and sincere congratulations to President Tokayev on assuming the office of President, noting his extensive experience as a global statesman and politician who has made a worthy contribution to the modern development of Kazakhstan and its multilateral relations with foreign nations.
The Heads of State emphasized the outstanding role of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev in the development of fraternal ties and strategic partnerships between the two countries, including cooperation in ensuring peace, stability and security in Central Asia.
President Tokayev assured President Mirziyoyev of his intention to maintain the existing foreign policy of Kazakhstan, aimed at expanding and strengthening Kazakh-Uzbek relations and regional interaction.
In the traditional spirit of friendship, mutual respect, trust and openness, the presidents discussed key issues of bilateral relations, topical regional and international challenges of mutual interest, and considered the prospects for further deepening wide-scale cooperation between the two countries.
The Heads of State, noting with satisfaction the deepening of close relations between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan based on historical and spiritual ties, good neighborliness and mutual support, expressed the belief that bringing bilateral cooperation to a new level met the mutual interests of the two nations.
The presidents, reaffirming their continued adherence to the principles and obligations laid down in the Treaty on Eternal Friendship between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan dated October 31, 1998 and the Treaty on Strategic Partnership between the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan dated June 14, 2013, declared the following.
The consistent implementation of the Economic Cooperation Strategy between the Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan for 2017-2019 will facilitate building mutually beneficial economic cooperation, based on the common strategic interests of the two countries.
Noting with satisfaction the positive dynamics of mutual trade, the Heads of State share aspirations to ensure further growth of bilateral trade up to $5 billion by the end of 2020, diversify its structure, as well as develop new long-term forms of economic cooperation and investment collaboration, including interregional interaction.
The sides commended the results of the first Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan Interregional Cooperation Forum, held on November 16, 2018 in Shymkent, and the First Central Asian Economic Forum, held on March 15, 2019 in Tashkent. Such formats will contribute to strengthening mutually beneficial economic cooperation both at bilateral and regional levels, implementing new promising projects regarding trade, investment, and logistics, and creating integrated industrial technology parks, science and innovation clusters and free economic zones.
The presidents noted the importance of enhancing and improving the activities of the Joint Intergovernmental Commission on Bilateral Cooperation, as well as increasing its status by appointing the Heads of Government of the two countries as co-chairs.
The presidents reaffirmed the similarity of their stances on the most pressing areas of mutual interest related to international politics and further emphasized their common desire to help strengthen stability and security for the benefit and prosperity of Central Asia. The sides agreed to continue mutually beneficial cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, Commonwealth of Independent States, Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia and other international and regional organizations.
The Uzbek President noted his appreciation for the activities of Kazakhstan in promoting the common interests of the Central Asian states in the international arena as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2017-2018.
The presidents reaffirmed their positions on providing mutual support for international initiatives proposed by the two countries within the UN and other international organizations.
The sides stressed common positions regarding the current regional and global climate, and spoke in favor of adopting joint measures aimed at preventing and countering modern challenges and threats to security in the region, primarily in the fight against international terrorism, religious extremism, drug trafficking, international organized crime, illegal migration and other issues, both bilaterally and within international frameworks.
The presidents noted the importance of combining efforts in the process of restoring and stabilizing Afghanistan. The Presidents of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan reaffirmed their commitment to reviving the Afghan economy and advocated for the need to develop long-term, neighborly cooperation with Afghanistan, including through the implementation of major projects in the areas of transport, education and health.
Stressing the importance of regional and international forums, including the 'Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Security Cooperation and Regional Connectivity' in support of Afghan-led steps to achieve peace and reconciliation, the two presidents called on the international community for assistance in their efforts, including to neighboring states interested in the peace process in Afghanistan.
The President of Kazakhstan expressed support for holding the Second Summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Science and Technology in 2020 in Tashkent. The sides, commending the results of the First OIC Summit on Science and Technology held in September 2017 in Astana, agreed to continue the implementation of its outcomes and decisions within the Second OIC Summit.
The presidents announced their intention to promote the further development of cooperation in the areas of technology, defense and military, as well as in the field of space research and development.
The presidents confirmed their mutual interest in enhancing cooperation within the framework of the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea, by expanding the interaction of the region's nations with international organizations and financial and environmental institutions for the implementation of specific programs and projects in the Aral Sea basin.
Noting the common cultural, historical and spiritual roots of the peoples of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, President Tokayev and President Mirziyoyev reaffirmed their commitment to further intensifying cooperation in the fields of science, education, culture, art, tourism, and sports.
The sides noted with satisfaction the successful Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan in 2018 and the grand opening of the Year of Kazakhstan in Uzbekistan on April 15, 2019, stressing that such events were a symbol of the brotherhood and spiritual kinship of the Kazakh and Uzbek peoples, their sincere friendship and closely connected fates, and contributed to the strengthening of good neighborly relations between their peoples, deepening mutual understanding, trust and support.
The presidents welcomed the success of the Kazakh-Uzbek state border demarcation as well as the effective functioning of checkpoints, which helped to significantly improve the living conditions of the population along the border of the two countries, revitalizing cross-border economic relations and humanitarian exchanges as well as enhancing travel.
The presidents confirmed their intention to strengthen cooperation for the preservation and development of the ethnic, linguistic and national culture of the peoples of the other country living within their own territory, and to create conditions for the active participation of their representatives in the country's political, cultural and economic life.
The Presidents of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan stressed the importance of timely and high-quality implementation of signed bilateral and multilateral treaties, as well as the further expansion of the legal framework between the two states.
President Tokayev thanked President Mirziyoyev and the entire Uzbek people for their warm welcome and hospitality, and invited the Uzbek President to visit Kazakhstan at a convenient time. The dates of the visit will be agreed through diplomatic channels.
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