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Uzbekistan To Send Migrant Workers To Oman

TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan and Oman have signed a trade deal that reportedly includes sending migrant workers to the Middle East.

Uzbekistan's trade deal with Oman involves the export of wheat, fruits, and vegetables to the Persian Gulf state and will allow migrant laborers from Uzbekistan to work in Oman.

Farkhod Talipov, an independent expert on Uzbekistan, tells RFE/RL's Uzbek Service that Uzbek traders and migrant workers have already entered markets in South Korea, Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Turkey, and Oman could be another place for Uzbeks to work.

The worldwide financial crisis is seriously affecting Russia and has forced many work migrants to return home. Observers say the government should plan for this situation. An Omani trade delegation is scheduled to visit Uzbekistan in April to explore other opportunities for trade.