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Kazakh, Uzbek Leaders Sign Strategic Partnership Agreement

Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev (right) with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov (file photo)
Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev has reached a strategic partnership agreement with his Uzbek counterpart, Islam Karimov, during a visit to Tashkent.

The document signed in the Uzbek capital on June 14 defines cooperation regarding politics, trade, economics, culture, and transportation between the two Central Asian countries.

After the talks, Nazarbaev described Uzbekistan as having deeply-rooted cultural and historic traditions that influence cultural developments in the region as a whole.

The Kazakh leader added that Central Asia's regional security "greatly depends on cooperation between the two countries."

Karimov and Nazarbaev have long been viewed as competitors for a leadership role in Central Asia.

In the past, the relations between the two countries were marred by deadly shootings along disputed border segments and the closure of the Kazakh Cultural Center in Tashkent in 2008.

Based on reporting by and Interfax