Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan reopen check-points, hold security talks


TASHKENT -- An agreement to reopen two checkpoints between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, closed since 2008, took effect Saturday (July 15), the Uzbekistani Foreign Ministry said in a statement that day.

The pact enabled motorists to use a segment of the M-39 highway that had been closed those nine years. It also expands the operating hours of three other checkpoints from daylight hours only to around the clock.

Meanwhile, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan's first deputy interior ministers conferred in Tashkent Saturday (July 15), according to a statement that day by the Uzbekistani Interior Ministry.

Topics included the fight against terrorism, extremism, trans-national organised crime and human trafficking.

The officials exchanged opinions on ways to strengthen their countries' co-operation.

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