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Nazarbaev, Karimov Discuss Regional Security, Bilateral Ties


Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev and his Uzbek counterpart, Islam Karimov, have discussed bilateral ties as well as regional security issues at talks in Tashkent.

Nazarbaev arrived in the Uzbek capital earlier on April 15 on a two-day working visit. He was traveling from Turkey, where he attended a summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on April 13-14.

Nazarbaev and Karimov also discussed preparations for the next summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization scheduled for June 23-24 in Tashkent.

Kazakhstan, Central Asia's largest economy, and Uzbekistan, the region's most populous nation, are major players in the energy-rich region.

Before attending the OIC summit in Istanbul, Nazarbaev visited Tehran, where he discussed Kazakh-Iranian ties with his Iranian counterpart, Hassan Rohani.

Based on reporting by KazTAG, Kazinform and Interfax
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