By Fikret Dolukhanov – Trend: Lower Chamber of the Tajik Parliament ratified the agreement between governments of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on mutual visa-free visits of citizens.
The leaders of four Central Asian states -- Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan met in Astana on 15 March to advocate regional integration.
Fifteen Kyrgyz tour operators took part in the international tourism exhibition ITB Berlin 2018, which ran from 7 to 11 March in Berlin.
DUSHANBE -- Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev, making a landmark visit to Tajikistan, has vowed to swiftly build stronger relations after years of tension between the Central Asian neighbors.
The foreign ministers of Iran, Russia and Turkey are set to meet in Kazakhstan next week as the three countries attempt to move forward with a plan to end nearly seven years of war in Syria.
BISHKEK (TCA) — Russia has not decided yet whether it needs another military base in Kyrgyzstan, President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said on March 6. Speaking to journalists for the first time since his election as president in October, Jeenbekov said, "The decision on the second military base is yet to be made by Russia," RFE/RL reported.
On March 2, Kazakhstan Ambassador Kairat Umarov signed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (Ban Treaty) on behalf of Kazakhstan at the United Nations in New York.
Trend: A regular meeting of the joint Uzbek—Kazakh border demarcation commission was held in Almaty on Feb. 27, Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.
AKIPRESS.COM - Prime Ministers of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan on February 24 held a joint meeting of the Tajik-Uzbek ministerial commission on delimitation and demarcation of the state border in Ferghana, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.
Kazakhstan held the rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) throughout January 2018, a significant accomplishment for the Central Asian country, which has also chaired the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe in recent years. While Astana’s seat in the UNSC is certainly commendable as it is the first Central Asian nation to join this body, the Kazakh government should take a further step forward as it strives to promote global stability by having a larger role in United Nations peacekeeping operations (PKO).