Expert group for negotiations on China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway to be prepared

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Bishkek, Dec. 21, 2017 / Kabar /. President Sooronbai Zheenbekov recieved Kyrgyz Minister of Transport and Roads Zhamshitbek Kalilov. The head of state was informed about the issues of cooperation with neighboring countries in development of road, rail and air services, reforms in the road transport sector management system, ongoing projects to improve the road and transport infrastructure and the current situation in this area.

Zheenbekov reminded that during his official visit to Uzbekistan, agreements were reached on renewing of transport logistics between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, as well as the opening of new communication routes, such as the construction of China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway.

The Kyrgyz President stressed the importance of developing the transport infrastructure, including the railway, road and air traffic, to diversify the markets and increase the transit potential.

"High-quality rehabilitation of the internal roads of the country will improve the quality of population’s life, especially in the regions, ensure traffic safety and optimize the costs of their maintenance," the Head of State stressed.

Zheenbekov instructed the minister to carefully prepare an expert group for upcoming meetings in Tashkent, as the railway project is very important for Kyrgyzstan to enter foreign markets. He stressed that the early start of construction will help to increase the attractiveness of Central Asia as the most beneficial and efficient transit corridor in the region.

Kalilov said that a group of Kyrgyz specialists will travel to Tashkent on Dec. 25 for tripartite negotiations on China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway construction. Tripartite ministerial meetings will be held on Dec. 27.

Regular flight Bishkek - Tashkent will be resumed starting from Dec.23. From 2018, flights Osh-Tashkent-Osh will be renewed Kalilov added.

"We will meet with the Uzbek side on Jan. 25, 2018 to resolve existing issues of road and passenger transport and hope that we will reach a unified decision," the minister said.

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