KOKSHETAU, Kazakhstan -- Officials from Akmola Province, Kazakhstan, and Syrdarya Province, Uzbekistan, Friday (November 17) in Kokshetau signed a memorandum of co-operation covering economic, cultural and humanitarian matters, Kazinform reported Friday.
Officials signed the document during a meeting between Akmola Akim (Governor) Malik Murzalin and a delegation from Syrdarya Province.
The two countries' officials discussed development of the economy, trade, tourism, health, culture and sports in their provinces. All sectors of the economy offer opportunities for mutually beneficial co-operation, said Murzalin.
"The relations between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are developing very actively," said Ikrom Nazarov, the Uzbekistani ambassador to Kazakhstan.
With the 'Islamic State' on the verge of defeat, Kazakhstanis who joined the group are likely to begin returning home, where they will face anti-terrorism measures.
Popular support in Central Asia for Islamist insurgencies in the Middle East and beyond is waning.