Central Asian foreign ministers agree to strengthen regional co-operation


CHOLPON ATA, Kyrgyzstan -- Leading diplomats from Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan discussed strengthening co-operation in a meeting Friday-Sunday (July 20-22) in Cholpon-Ata, Kyrgyzstan, reported the Uzbekistan National News Agency.

Four of the countries sent their foreign ministers, while a deputy minister represented Turkmenistan, according to Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.

The agenda included border security, water and energy resources, transport and transit, and trade and economic co-operation, according to a joint statement.

The ministers welcomed positive developments in the process of registering disputed borders between their countries.

All sides also agreed to strengthen co-operation in combating international terrorism and extremism, drug trafficking, trans-national organised crime and other threats to regional security, the statement said.

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