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Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan sign cooperation program for 2016-2017

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan today signed a cooperation program for 2016-2017, the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan reported.

According to it, the program was signed after a meeting of foreign ministers of Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan Abdulaziz Kamilov and Erlan Abdyldaev.

"The parties expressed mutual interest in intensifying bilateral contacts at various levels and its practical effectiveness," the report says.

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The sides discussed topical issues of the Uzbek-Kyrgyz cooperation in bilateral and multilateral formats, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan said.

According to the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan, Erlan Abdyldaev is in Tashkent as the head of the delegation at the 43rd session of the Council of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation.

Its agenda discusses issues of the Islamic world, the support of the Muslim community and culture in different parts of the world, the fight against international terrorism, extremism and stabilizing the military-political situation in the Middle East.

Speaking at the session, Erlan Abdyldaev expressed concern about the volatile situation prevailing in the Middle East because of the numerous wars and conflicts. He stressed the importance of joint efforts to prevent the escalation of tension in the region. He urged the conflicting parties to the ceasefire and resolve the crisis by peaceful means.

The Minister also stressed the need for a more active policy in the modern system of international relations in order to promote social, economic and educational programs in the Organization of Islamic Cooperation countries.