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Joint statement of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I. A. Karimov and President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. A. Nazarbayev

of November 16, 2001

By the invitation of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N. A. Nazarbayev the official visit of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan I. A. Karimov to the Republic of Kazakhstan took place on November 16-17, 2001.

Presidents of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, having comprehensively discussed process of bilateral cooperation, situation in Central Asia, and also having exchanged opinions on number of the key international and regional problems which are of mutual interest

expressing the mutual aspiration to develop the mutually beneficial cooperation which is equitable to interests of both states and important in strengthening good-neighbourhood and friendship between two fraternal peoples in the 21st century

being guided by provisions of the Contract on eternal friendship between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan of October 31, 1998,

proceeding from historical and cultural community of the people of two countries,

declare the following:

1. Presidents of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan confirmed the invariable commitment to comprehensive and consecutive building-up and strengthening of the interstate interaction which is equitable to radical interests of both states, being important factor of the international stability and cooperation in the Central Asian region.

2. Attaching importance to safety and stability in the region, Heads of states confirmed relevance of further development and deepening of cooperation in fight against the international terrorism, political and religious extremism, separatism, transnational organized crime and other threats of stability and safety in the region within the Contract between the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan on collateral actions on fight against terrorism, political and religious extremism, transnational organized crime and other threats of stability and safety of the Parties of April 21, 2000 and other arrangements.

3. Heads of states noted importance of signing during this visit of the Contract between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan about the Uzbek-Kazakhstan Frontier and agreed that the Uzbek-Kazakhstan frontier shall remain border of the friendship, neighborliness and cooperation uniting fraternal peoples of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan supported carrying out the joint and coordinated actions of law enforcement, boundary, customs authorities and intelligence agencies of two countries for ensuring due control on the Uzbek-Kazakhstan frontier.

4. Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan with satisfaction noted the positive beginning and successful development of cooperation within the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and supported further activization of interaction within this forum.

5. Stating availability of considerable capacity of two countries, Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan agreed to assist deepening of trade and economic cooperation, including creation of various joint forms of business of interaction in this direction, and charged to the relevant state bodies of the countries to provide creation of most favored nation treatment for mutually beneficial cooperation of business entities of two states.

6. Heads of states expressed consensus that implementation of the Contract between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan about deepening of economic cooperation for 1998-2005 and Programs of economic cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan for 1998-2005 of October 31, 1998 will promote further strengthening of bilateral interaction in various spheres for the benefit of the people of both countries.

7. Presidents of Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan attach importance to holding further regular meetings at the highest and high levels and to deepening of cooperation between state bodies, including within the Joint intergovernmental commission on bilateral cooperation between the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan.

8. Heads of states welcome development of regional and border contacts and charge to the Governments of two states to take measures for enhancement of the legal basis of their further expansion and strengthening.

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