22 Nov 2019 10:12

Leaders of Central Asian states to meet in Tashkent next week - media

TASHKENT. Nov 22 (Interfax) - The presidents of Central Asian countries are due to hold their second consultative meeting in Tashkent on November 29, Uzbek official media outlets said on Friday.

"The agenda of the summit includes steps broaden regional cooperation in the political, trade, economic, investment, transport, communication, cultural, and humanitarian fields," it said.

The sides intend to adopt a final document after the meeting.

Earlier this week Tashkent hosted a meeting of the foreign ministers of the region's countries to lay the groundwork for the presidents' meeting.

The first consultative meeting of the Central Asian states' presidents was held in the Kazakh capital Astana, which was subsequently renamed to Nur-Sultan, in March 2018. Uzbekistan suggested holding the second such meeting in Tashkent in spring, but it was later postponed.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev first came up with the idea of holding an informal meeting of the region's leaders at the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly in September 2017.