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Uzbekistan Restores Gas Supplies To Tajikistan

DUSHANBE (Reuters) -- Uzbekistan has restored natural-gas supplies to Tajikistan after its Central Asian neighbor repaid most of its debt, Tajik state gas company Tajiktransgas said.

Uzbekistan halted supplies on September 29 demanding that Tajikistan settle $18 million in debt.

Tajiktransgas said Tajikistan had repaid $10 million and the two countries had agreed it would repay another $7.5 million by supplying electricity to Uzbekistan.

This week Uzbekistan also reduced gas supplies to Kyrgyzstan, another former Soviet Central Asian republic, over unpaid debts.