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Azerbaijan offered to join this union too (Kyrgyz ex-premier comments for Azeri Daily)

18:10 20-03-2018
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The countries of Central Asia create an economic association in the type of the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (Comecon) of the countries of Eastern Europe that existed in the last century.

Commenting for Azeri Daily on the recent meeting of the heads of Central Asian countries in Astana, which was attended by the presidents of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and the speaker of the Mejlis of Turkmenistan, ex-Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan Apas Jamagulov called it extremely important for the region.

Apas Jamagulov

'The heads of the Central Asian states jointly outlined the practical contours of the future development of the entire region. Such a meeting and general plans became possible only after the president of Uzbekistan restored normal relations with the Kyrgyz leadership, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were able to settle disputed political issues, while at the same time there are warming relations between Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.

Central Asia is extremely rich in energy resources and other natural resources, and overcoming political differences between the countries of the region offers good economic prospects,' the politician noted.

On the agenda of the Astana summit, along with economic interaction, political issues were also considered. It is possible that in the event of a final resolution of all disputable issues, the prospects for the border between the Central Asian countries will become conditional.

'For Azerbaijan such a new integration platform would be very interesting. Despite the fact that your country is on the opposite, western, Caspian shore, Baku has always had close ethnocultural and economic ties with the countries of Central Asia. Baku for the future of 'Central Asian Comecon' is the access to Turkey and the countries of Europe, and for Azerbaijan our region is a promising market and access to China,' the expert believes.

Jamagulov stressed that the creation of a new economic association does not contradict the interests of the Russian Federation and China. The countries participating in the meeting in Astana are members of the EAEU and the SCO, but the idea of Kazakh President Nazarbayev and Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyayev is to form a narrow regional organisation that will more effectively address the economic problems of Central Asia.