Uzbek President marks Nazarbayev's farsighted approach
Uzbekistan's President Islam Karimov has marked the farsighted approach of Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev, Tengrinews reports.
Islam Karimov arrived in Astana on an official visit on Tuesday, November 25. He met with Nursultan Nazarbayev and the two discussed implementation of agreements reached during the Kazakh President’s visit to Uzbekistan in June 2013.
Islam Karimov said that when signing the Treaty on Strategic Partnership last year he did no pay much attention to it, but now he was convinced that this move was necessary especially in light of the recent standoff between Russia and the West.
Particularly, he stressed the farsighted policy of President Nazarbayev who foresaw that the document had to be signed last year. "It becomes more and more important today than it was yesterday, and this is very meaningful for me. I am saying there are people in the world that over the years become wiser. I think that, Nursultan Nazarbayev, I want to make you a compliment, there are people to whom Allah bestows this wisdom at a young age and childhood. Therefore, it is very difficult to combine it in one person, but nevertheless, when it is natural trait of the person, his far-reaching vision and confidence have to be recognized once again. Especially with us signing the document last year that will come into effect from January 1 next year, " President Karimov said.
The sides also considered the priority areas of bilateral cooperation in trade, water and energy, transport, culture and humanitarian realms. In addition, the two leaders broached the key aspects of the regional security as well as the current issues of the international agenda.
Nazarbayev stressed Kazakhstan's intention to deepen friendly ties and bilateral cooperation with Uzbekistan in all areas since "the stability and development of the region depends on the position and the cooperation of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan".
The President of Uzbekistan, in his turn, emphasized the rapidly changing situation in the world today and in regard to this, he pointed to the necessity to meet more often and coordinate the joint work.
“In these circumstances, each country is looking for support, adjusts its plans and relies on its close neighbors. For us, Kazakhstan is the closest country, close nation that has been with us in harsh and joyful times. We have always resorted to each other's help. I would like to express my great respect for the Kazakh people who move confidently towards prosperity. We need to meet more often in order to ‘compare notes’ and jointly determine our future prospects,” Islam Karimov said.
Uzbekistan is Kazakhstan's leading trading partner in the Central Asian region, however, according to President Nazarbayev, the two countries had not yet fully unleashed the economic potential of their cooperation, therefore Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan had to work on increasing the volumes of trade.
Nazarbayev expressed his confidence that the negotiations would serve to strengthen the bilateral ties including those in trade.
"During today's negotiations, we emphasized our firm belief in the commonality and indivisibility of our long-term strategic and national priorities, reaffirmed the political will and mutual commitment to coordinate and work together to address our ambitious goals and objectives,” the President of Uzbekistan concluded.
Reporting by Renat Tashkinbayev, writing by Assel Satubaldina