Tajikistan, Uzbekistan re-open border crossing


DUSHANBE/TASHKENT -- Uzbekistan and Tajikistan have re-opened another border crossing, AsiaPlus.tj reported Monday (February 12).

The Anarkhon-Patar check-point resumed operation Saturday (February 10), according to Uzbekistani media. Now three border crossings operate on the countries' shared frontier.

Tajikistan and Uzbekistan have 16 border crossings. However, Uzbekistan sealed their shared border unilaterally in the 1990s during a period of cold relations.

Dushanbe and Tashkent began negotiations to re-open all border crossings during Uzbekistani Prime Minister Abdulla Aripov's visit to Dushanbe on January 10.

During that visit, both sides agreed to visa-free travel and other efforts at rapprochement. The new regulations allow Tajik and Uzbekistani citizens to visit the neighbouring country without visas for up to 30 days.

Other agreements covered the construction of more border crossings and the launch of several bus routes between Uzbekistani and Tajik towns.

Aripov and Tajik counterpart Qohir Rasoulzoda agreed to sign the new border pacts soon.

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