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Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan Explores Bilateral Opportunities during Navoi Region Visit

Navoi, February 29, 2024, The Europe Today: In a significant diplomatic endeavor, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Uzbekistan, Beibut Atamkulov, recently undertook a visit to the Navoi region in Uzbekistan. The visit encompassed diverse engagements aimed at enhancing bilateral ties and exploring areas of mutual cooperation.

Ambassador Atamkulov commenced his visit with a meeting with activists of the Kazakh Cultural Center in Navoi, where discussions centered around cultural collaboration and fostering people-to-people connections. Subsequently, the ambassador paid homage to historical landmarks, including the Seitkul Aulie – Aiteke bi mausoleum and the Chachma memorial complex in Nurata district.

A notable highlight of the visit was the anticipation of celebrating the 380th anniversary of the esteemed statesman Aiteke bi on May 15-16, 2024, in the Navoi region. The Kazakh Ministry of Foreign Affairs, citing Kazinform News Agency, confirmed the upcoming commemorative event.

Continuing his itinerary, Ambassador Atamkulov visited the Kazakh secondary school No. 14, established in 1966 in the Kenimekh district of Terikkuduk village. Discussions with the school’s teaching staff and community elders delved into matters concerning the educational process, particularly noting that 28 out of 36 schools in the Kenimekh region conduct education in the Kazakh language.

Further strengthening ties, the head of the Diplomatic Mission engaged in talks with the Khokim of Navoi region, Normat Tursunov. The meeting addressed a spectrum of issues, including trade, economic collaboration, and cultural and humanitarian exchanges between the regions of Kazakhstan and Navoi. Specific attention was accorded to potential cooperation in chemical and mining industries, organizing reciprocal visits of delegations, and hosting joint events like business forums and a Youth Festival in Navoi.

The prospect of establishing sister city relationships between Navoi region, its administrative center Navoi, and various regions and cities of Kazakhstan was also discussed. Both parties expressed interest in fostering interregional dialogue by establishing direct contacts between business circles.

Ambassador Atamkulov concluded his visit with an exploration of the Navoi free economic zone, where he familiarized himself with the operations of key industrial complexes, including Navoi Mining and Metallurgical Plant JSC, Navoiyazot JSC, Kizilkumcement JSC, and Gidro Stanko Servis LLC. Recognizing significant potential, both parties noted the possibilities to enhance bilateral trade turnover.

The visit stands as a testament to the commitment of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan to strengthen diplomatic ties and explore avenues for comprehensive collaboration across various sectors.