Uzbek President Makes Fence-Mending Visit To Tajikistan

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DUSHANBE — Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev visited Tajikistan on an official two-day visit seen as an important step to mend a  complicated bilateral relationship. Mirziyoev and his Tajik counterpart, Emomali Rahmon, held talks behind closed doors in Tajikistan’s capital, Dushanbe, on March 9. Mirziyoev, who came to power following the death of his predecessor, Islam Karimov, in 2016, has said forging better relations with Uzbekistan’s Central Asian neighbors is a priority for his government.

The Uzbek and Tajik presidential press services said ahead of the visit that Mirziyoev and Rahmon would discuss a wide range of bilateral issues, including politics, trade, economic, financial, tourism, and transportation.

They said 25 documents, including an agreement on border delimitation and simplified border crossing, would be signed during Mirziyoev’s visit.