Uzbekistani president proposes 'open borders' with Kyrgyzstan

Staff Report

ASTANA -- Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and Kyrgyz counterpart Almazbek Atambayev Thursday (June 9) in Astana, Kazakhstan, discussed efforts to prepare a treaty on demarcation of their country's shared border, according to Atambayev's press office.

Both leaders were in Astana attending a multi-national summit.

Both presidents instructed their relevant agencies to speed up work on a treaty to resolve border disputes dating back to Soviet times.

"We need to do everything so that between us, there are no borders," said Mirziyoyev. "We should have open borders."

Atambayev thanked Mirzizyoyev for his invitation to visit Uzbekistan and expressed willingness to co-operate in strengthening the countries' ties.

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