13 Jun 2018 10:23

Heads of defense agencies of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan have first meeting in history

BISHKEK. June 13 (Interfax) - The heads of defense agencies of Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan have met in Tashkent for the first time since the countries gained independence, the press service for the Kyrgyz General Staff told Interfax on Wednesday.

A military delegation led by Kyrgyz General staff chief Rayimberdi Duyshenbiyev is in Uzbekistan on an official visit on June 11-14.

Kyrgyzstan does not have a defense minister and its military agency is led by the General Staff chief.

"During the visit, there was a meeting with Uzbek Defense Minister Abdusalom Azizov, the first one in the entire history of bilateral relations between the independent states at the level of heads of the parties' defense agencies," a Kyrgyz General Staff official said.

The meeting addressed a broad range of issues relating to military cooperation and further prospects of its development, including the need to consolidate efforts to ensure regional security, the source said.

"The visit by the Kyrgyz General Staff chief logically continued the two countries' policies aimed at strategic cooperation in all spheres, including military. A plan of bilateral military cooperation for 2018 was signed, which envisages various joint events in the military sphere," the source said.

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