6 Sep 2017 17:34

Uzbek, Kyrgyz companies tentatively agree on agreements worth $115 million during Uzbek president's state visit to Kyrgyzstan

BISHKEK. Sept 6 (Interfax) - Kyrgyz and Uzbek companies will work on and sign the agreements that were reached during Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's state visit to Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz Prime Minister Sapar Isakov said during a meeting with Mirziyoyev.

"Our economy minister said there is a tentative agreement worth $115 million, which the relevant companies will work on and sign in the very near future," Isakov said.

"Of course, we are very happy about this. It's only the first step, and I think the energy and drive the two presidents have shown will be continued by the governments of the two countries," he said.

"It is very important that we, perhaps, make a mirrored plan of events to determine the timeline for completing the tasks of all agreements reached," Isakov said.

"Decisions are made by the presidents, but people's fates depend on the high-quality implementation by the prime ministers of the agreements reached," Mirziyoyev said.

"People are tired of all these wrong decisions, they want to live and be friends," the Uzbek leader said.

"It will only be profitable to us when the governors of the border regions will meet and resolve issues independently," he said.

The Uzbek president arrived in Bishkek for a two-day state visit on Tuesday. The two countries' presidents met one-on-one and with their delegations present on September 5. Fourteen documents on cooperation between the two countries were signed following those meetings. The Uzbek delegation consisted of representatives of the parliament, businesses, and also the heads of the four Uzbek regions bordering Kyrgyzstan.

A memorandum on the creation of a council of hakims (heads of local bodies of executive authority) of the two countries' border regions was signed following the meeting between Mirziyoyev and Isakov.