Uzbek, Tajik leaders discuss expanding co-operation


DUSHANBE -- Uzbek Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov has met with top Tajik leaders during a visit to Dushanbe to discuss prospects for bolstering bilateral co-operation.

Aripov arrived in Tajikistan's capital Wednesday (January 10), where he met with Tajik Prime Minister Qohir Rasoulzoda and other high-ranking officials at the Kokhi Navruz state complex, said a Tajik government source cited by Asia-Plus.

Aripov also met with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, said a statement from the Tajik president's official website.

The two sides discussed simplifying travel between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, the re-opening of border crossing points and removing obstacles to the development of bilateral trade.

Rahmon and Aripov also exchanged views on co-operation against regional and international threats, including terrorism and extremism, the statement said.

Rahmon specifically highlighted co-operation with Uzbekistan on the use of water and energy resources, according to the website.

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