Alikhan Smailov meeting with President of Uzbekistan: We work actively to bring mutual trade to $10 bln

Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Alikhan Smailov arrived in Uzbekistan on behalf of the Head of State to participate in the 16th summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization. On the eve of the event in Tashkent, Alikhan Smailov met with the President of the country Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

First of all, the Prime Minister conveyed warm words of greetings from the Head of State Kassym-Jomart Tokayev and emphasized that today the relations of the two countries are a bright example of strategic partnership based on trust and mutual understanding.

As Alikhan Smailov noted, the implementation of all agreements reached at the highest level is under the control of the governments of the Republic of Kazakhstan and the Republic of Uzbekistan. One of the priority areas here is the creation of a solid and sustainable economic platform for bilateral interaction.

"Uzbekistan is one of the largest trade partners of Kazakhstan. Our countries account for about 70% of all trade in Central Asia. At the end of last year, trade turnover increased by 30% and for the first time reached the milestone of $5 billion. We are actively working to bring mutual trade to $10 billion," Prime Minister said.

He added that the Government of Kazakhstan will make every effort for progressive development of cooperation with Uzbekistan across the whole spectrum of bilateral interaction.

For his part, Shavkat Mirziyoyev noted that strategic agreements between the two countries are systematically realized. This includes cooperation in trade, transportation and water sector.

"All the issues we have are moving forward. I think there is not a single unresolved issue. In terms of trade, the projects we have agreed on with the President of Kazakhstan will help us reach new frontiers," the President of Uzbekistan said.

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