EU, Kyrgyzstan set sights on expanded co-operation agreement


BISHKEK -- The European Union (EU) and Kyrgyzstan plan to enter into an expanded co-operation agreement in what would be the second such deal in Central Asia, reported.

The new agreement envisages co-operation in energy, transport, communications, mobile phone technology and innovations, Raimonds Vingris, spokesman of the EU Delegation to Kyrgyzstan, said Tuesday (November 6).

The EU will continue to support reforms and protection of human rights in Kyrgyzstan under the deal.

"In 2017, we held talks with Kyrgyzstan in Bishkek and and in Brussels. The results were quite successful," he said. "We hope that it will be possible to show a preliminary version of the agreement next year. We still need time for it to take effect."

The EU has signed a similar agreement with Kazakhstan. Negotiations are under way for a pact with Uzbekistan, according to Vingris.

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