Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan agree to support each other in the event of third-party aggression

Special correspondent of the "News" department
The two countries are going to sign a new bilateral agreement

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are going to ally with each other to stand against threats to the national security and sovereignty of either country. The draft of the agreement has been published and now is available for review.

The draft document says that the agreement reflects the new level of partnership between the two countries and is aimed at providing peace, stability and security in Central Asia.

In case of any external attack on one country, the other is obliged to take everything needed to halt the crisis. Also, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan promise that they won’t participate in any alliance or take action against each other. Neither will let their territory or resources be used for aggression against any participant in the agreement.

Moreover, the two countries are going to establish a Supreme Interstate Council with the two presidents as chairmen. This council will decide the strategic direction of the bilateral relations and will consider the most important issues. In case of an emergency, any participant can initiate an urgent meeting of the council.

In order to better coordinate their foreign policy, the two countries are going to hold high-level meetings on a regular basis.

Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan are going to establish conditions for deeper economic cooperation through joint ventures in different economic sectors, to boost mutual trade turnover and develop cooperation in the banking sector.

The two countries will launch joint projects in the energy sector and the sphere of renewable energy sources. Also, they will cooperate in the oil and gas field, including the construction of new oil refineries and pipelines.

Both participants of the agreement guarantee that the property of companies and individuals from the ally will be protected on their territory. The agreement will be signed in three languages: Kazakh, Uzbek and Russian. The Russian version is going to be the common version for an explanation of any article of the document if needed. The public discussion of the draft is going to come to an end on December 12.   

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