UZBEKISTAN – KAZAKHSTAN: SECURITY COOPERATION EXPANDS
On April 5, 2019, Tashkent hosted the fifth round of bilateral consultations between the security councils of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan.
The negotiations were chaired by the Secretary of the Security Council under the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Viktor Makhmudov and the Assistant to the President – Secretary of the Security Council of the Republic of Kazakhstan Kalmukhanbet Kasymov.
At the meeting, the parties highly appreciated the holding of regular consultations between the staffs of the security councils of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, noted that this event is important in ensuring regional security, stability and sustainable development of the Central Asian countries.
Security cooperation of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan is multifaceted, based on the principles of eternal friendship, good neighborliness and strategic partnership.
As it was noted, in 2017-2019 high results were achieved in the fight against challenges and threats to security.
At the event, it was once again noted that further expansion and deepening of cooperation between law enforcement agencies of border regions of the countries in security and coordination of activities of state bodies at the interdepartmental level is important.
Cooperation between authorized organizations on the situation in Afghanistan, development prospects in Central Asia, ensuring uninterrupted operation of border checkpoints, exchange of experience in prevention of religious extremism and the fight against customs offenses were considered at the meeting.
Issues of further strengthening good neighborliness, ensuring stability and sustainable development in Central Asia were discussed.
It was noted that consistent implementation of tasks outlined in the roadmap of mutually beneficial cooperation for 2019-2020, full and timely implementation of the agreements reached are important.
A number of initiatives and recommendations for further development of cooperation between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan in security were developed. The importance of strengthening and continuing at a new level dynamically developing relations was emphasized.