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Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Alikbek Jekshenkulov (file photo) (RFE/RL) August 24, 2006 -- Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Alikbek Jekshenkulov is in Tashkent today to discuss President Kurmanbek Bakiev's upcoming visit to Uzbekistan.


Jekshenkulov and his Uzbek counterpart, Vladimir Norov, also signed an agreement on cooperation between their respective ministries and an additional protocol border-checkpoint regulations.


Jekshenkulov is also expected to meet with Uzbek Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoev.


Uzbek President Islam Karimov extended the invitation to Bakiev earlier this month.


Uzbek state-controlled media today said the visit will take place in late September.


The two countries have boosted their security ties in recent weeks, vowing to join forces against what they describe as "terror and religious extremism."


(press-uz.info, uzreport)

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