Presidents of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan discuss state border, economics

01.02.2018

Within the framework of the official visit of President of Kyrgyzstan Sooronbay Jeenbekov to Tajikistan, bilateral negotiations will be held on delimitation of the Kyrgyz-Tajik border, chief of the Foreign Policy Department of the President's Office Aizada Subakozhoeva told, Kabar reports.

Subakozhoeva said that at present 519 km of the state border territory have already been described. Thus during the forthcoming visit of the Kyrgyz President to Tajikistan, negotiations will be held to intensify the work on the remaining sites. However, the chief of the Foreign Policy Department stressed that so far there will be no signing of documents on the border issues. She explained that, for the beginning, the sides need to activate the negotiations and then carry out careful work to agree on the text of the treaty.

Another important issue of the talks will be the revitalization of the High Inter-Coordination Council, the Council of Foreign Ministers, as well as the Intergovernmental Commissions for Integrated Bilateral Cooperation and the Delimitation and Demarcation of the State Border activities.

Besides, the leaders of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan will exchange views on enhancing cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, chief of the foreign policy department of the President’s Office Aizada Subakozhoeva told during a briefing on the official visit of President Sooronbay Jeenbekov to Dushanbe on Feb, 1-2.

She said that the trade turnover between the two countries is growing, but it still does not correspond to the existing potential and does not reflect the real state of affairs. In this regard, the sides developed a plan to intensify cooperation in the economic sphere.

"For 11 months of 2017, the trade turnover between Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan amounted to $ 30 million, which is 29% higher than in the same period in 2016. On trade and economic cooperation, the Ministry of Economy conducts relevant work. We will offer the Tajik side to think about using the potential of free economic zones in Kyrgyzstan, as well as to consider the possibilities for establishing joint production lines for the supply of products to the market of the Eurasian Economic Union, as well as for the European Union market, taking into account the GSP+ status," Subakozhoeva said.

Reported by Kabar (Kyrgyzstan).