Relations with Uzbekistan cardinally changed after Mirziyoyev arrival - Nazarbayev
Astana. December 29. KazTAG - Relations with Uzbekistan have cardinally changed after arrival of Shavkat Mirziyoyev, said Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan, in the interview to the local mass media sources.
“After independence, every nation went its own way. Turkmenistan went one way, Uzbekistan went another way. This way, the neighbors destroyed a good initiative (Central Asian Economic Union - KazTAG), if we talk about attitude. Now, with the arrival of Mr. Mirziyoyev as head of Uzbekistan, the situation has cardinally changed," said N. Nazarbayev.
He added that relations with Uzbekistan, where 33 million people live, are very important for Kazakhstan.
“Relations with Uzbekistan are beneficial, they are close neighbors, there is no need to transport cargo to big distance, and we have a common border. Our turnover, which was below $ 1 bn, has reached $3 billion this year. Trade has grown by 42% this year. We plan to increase the turnover to $ 5 billion," he said.
He added that prices for Uzbek gas for residents of southern Kazakhstan will be reduced by 30%.
“It was one of the unresolved issues. The issue of water supply was among the most important issues. The question of the Aral Sea was also important. Now we have the opportunity to sit at the negotiating table and resolve these issues," he said.
The president noted that a solution should also be found on all other issues.
“This is good for people. Previously, there were even no buses available, but now there is a direct communication, and we didn't have trains - now all roads are opened. We have completed the construction of the motorway from Shymkent to Tashkent, and now, I think, we will build a similar complex on the border with Uzbekistan, following the example of the Khorgos complex built on the Kazakh-Chinese border," he said.
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