The Fergana Valley, a fertile region at the heart of Central Asia split between Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan, has long been the focus of research that stresses the multiple security threats originating from and developing within the region. Among them, border issues and the problems of enclaves are constantly regarded as a highly destabilizing factor. Recent clashes at the border between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan have highlighted the issue once more, but one should carefully consider all factors before reaching simplistic conclusions about the valley’s security threats.
Lukoil President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and Head of Lukoil Vagid Alekperov discussed on Tuesday in Tashkent construction of a modern gas processing plant in Bukhara region worth $3 billion, reported UzA.
Trade turnover between Poland and Uzbekistan in January-July this year reached $98.5 million, which is by 18% more than last year, reported Mezon.uz referring to first counselor of Polish Embassy in Tashkent Slavomir Strzalkowski.
On Thursday Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and Czech Ambassador to Uzbekistan Ginek Peyha exchanged views on the schedule of upcoming Uzbek-Czech political contacts and on holding in Tashkent the next meeting of the intergovernmental commission on trade-economic and scientific-technical cooperation, Uzbek Foreign Ministry press service told.
The United States of America and Uzbekistan are equally interested in strengthening security in Central Asia and furthering the prosperity of the region, the U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan George Krol told the country's media outlets on Wednesday.
Uzbekistan's universities will start to train specialists in the fight against terrorism since September 2013, the representative of the Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan Rustam Kosimov said.
Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Senior Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Minister for Faith and Communities of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Baroness Saeeda Warsi discussed the state and prospects of Uzbek-British dialogue as well as topical international and regional problems on June 12, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.
The visit of the Secretary of State Grigoriy Karasin, Vice Minister of the Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation to Tashkent became the continuation of the dialogue, started in Moscow this April by the Presidents Islam Karimov and Vladimir Putin. Then they signed a large set of documents on various spheres of cooperation – from economy to special services cooperation, up to 2017. Security and development of the total Central Asia region depends on its accomplishment.
NATO is opening a liaison office in Tashkent -- but don't read too much geopolitical significance into the move. A number of Russian-media outlets have reported the move, seeing in it yet another piece of evidence that Uzbekistan is moving away from Russia (leaving the Collective Security Treaty Organization) and toward the West (cooperating with the U.S. on military transit to and from Afghanistan, getting increasing military aid from Washington).
The Uzbek government terminates the agreement with International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) of the United Arab Emirates to build a chemical complex in Navoi region, reports KazTAG. The reasons for termination of the agreement, reportedly was that the parties were unable to reach the figures that have been determined by the conditions of the document, so it was decided to proceed with the divorce.