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Uzbekistan, S.Korea Sign $2.6 Billion Gas Plant Deal

Uzbekistan and South Korea have signed a deal to build a gas-chemical plant in the Central Asian country.

Uzbek President Islam Karimov described the project as "unprecedented" in bilateral ties after talks in Tashkent with his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-Bak.

Karimov also said Uzbekistan was opening up its vast mineral resources, oil and gas, uranium, precious metals, as well as car building, textile industry, and communications sectors for Korean business.

Uzbek officials say a total of 23 agreements aimed at boosting business and cultural ties will be signed during President Lee's two-day visit to Uzbekistan.
compiled from agency reports