Kyrgyz Speaker meets with President of Uzbekistan

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Bishkek, Dec. 21, 2017 / Kabar /. Speaker of the Kyrgyz Parliament Dastanbek Zhumabekov met with President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

"The fact that my first official visit took place to brotherly Uzbekistan, is symbolic," Zhumabekov said.

He said that for a quarter of a century the kindred peoples were hostages to certain well-known circumstances, not allowing for free communication.

"However, the patience justified their expectations. This year, the centuries-old history linking our peoples, the original ties of friendship and close spiritual kinship received fresh breath. Now, on the road to the unity of the hundreds of thousands of citizens of the two fraternal states, there are no obstacles. I am very pleased with the meetings that have been held and I am deeply convinced that this year will enter the history of the two states. Moreover, I express confidence that from now on the relations and achievements of our countries will be registered on the pages of history in gold letters," said the Kyrgyz speaker.

Zhumabekov, the first step on the way to interparliamentary cooperation of our states was the signing on September 6 of this year of a memorandum on cooperation between the Jogorku Kenesh and the Oliy Majlis. He informed that in order to implement this Memorandum, the Plan of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation for 2018 will be signed.

Mirziyoyev said that 2017 was a landmark in the issue of interstate cooperation between Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan. He expressed his appreciation for the fact that the first official visits of the elected President Sooronbai Zheenbekov and Speaker of the Jogorku Kenesh Dastanbek Zhumabekov were held in Uzbekistan.

"With my friend and partner Almazbek Sarshenovich, we held an open discussion on a number of issues concerning bilateral relations and, despite difficult negotiations, we achieved our goal. Now we will continue our fruitful cooperation with President Sooronbai Sharipovich. We will increase the volume of trade between the two countries, as well as pay special attention to the expansion of ties in the field of transport and railways," the Uzbek president said.

Mirziyoyev dwelled on the need to strengthen and expand inter-parliamentary cooperation. "The parliaments of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan will become mediators and a link in the friendship of the two states," he stressed.

At the end of the meeting, it was stressed that the negotiations between Speaker Djumabekov and President Mirziyev were held in a warm and friendly atmosphere and lasted longer than the "protocol time".

The delegation of the Jogorku Kenesh headed by Speaker Dastanbek Zhumabekov is on a two-day official visit to Uzbekistan.

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