Kazakhstan Says Relations With Uzbekistan Top Priority
<div class="caption"><div class="watermark"> <a href="http://gdb.rferl.org/aefb468b-2252-4990-9f4b-76e033dd0bad_mw800_mh600.jpg" rel="ibox" title="Kazakh Foreign Minister Toqaev (file photo) (AFP)"> <img alt="Kazakh Foreign Minister Toqaev (file photo) (AFP)" src="http://gdb.rferl.org/aefb468b-2252-4990-9f4b-76e033dd0bad_w203.jpg" class="photo" border="0"></a></div><p>Kazakh Foreign Minister Toqaev (file photo) (AFP)</p></div>9 February 2006 -- Kazakhstan's foreign minister today said that relations with Uzbekistan are a top priority for the Kazakh government.
Qasymzhomart Toqaev's remarks came after a meeting with his Uzbek counterpart, Elyor Ganiev, in Tashkent.
Toqaev said cooperation between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan is a key factor in maintaining regional stability, and that developing cultural and economic cooperation is an important part of the process.
Toqaev also said that Kazakh officials in Tashkent are preparing a visit by Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev to Uzbekistan. A date for the planned visit has not yet been set.