Turkmen-Uzbek Agreement on Energy, Transportation and Regional Security

On March 6, the Presidents of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan agreed on a multilevel cooperation on energy, transportation and security. The agreement involves Afghanistan, Pakistan and other South-Caucasus countries in energy and transportation projects and aims at integrating Kabul in regional economic processes.

Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev visited his Turkmen counterpart Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov three months after taking office. The two also agreed on increasing cooperation in fighting terrorism, Islamic extremism and cross-border crime. The agreement also relaunched the implementation of a five-nation partnership (Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman-Qatar), dating back to 2011, that envisioned a unified transportation system to connect Central Asia and the Middle East. A week before, Russian President Vladimir Putin toured Central Asia and visited the Presidents of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan without encountering with Mirziyoyev and Berdymukhamedov, during his visit focused on combatting Afghan-based terrorism and bolstering the Eurasian Economic Union. Energy-rich Central Asian states are becoming key partners for European in terms of diversification of gas supplies.

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