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Uzbek official cited as saying “negotiations with the Afghan side are held on a regular basis, but in a closed mode so as not to disturb society”.
The Council of Foreign Ministers meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) met in Goa and saw old rivals try to put aside their rivalries in an effort to build a more co-ordinated coalition of developing countries.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is attending the fourth ministerial conference of Afghanistan’s neighbouring countries on April 13 in the Uzbek city of Samarkand to try to find a solution to the Afghan problem.
Practical work on rolling out the pr0ject to build a trans-Afghan railway linking Uzbekistan to Pakistan via Afghanistan will get under way in the near future, Pahjwok Afghan News has reported with ...
The embassy in Dushanbe, which is still run by the anti-Taliban opposition, is said to be considering its position.
The canal across northern Afghanistan will divert water from the dying Amu Darya river.
Kosh Tepa canal irrigation project could deplete Amu Darya border river flows.
Gripes over power exports, railway contracts and Afghan warplanes seized by Tashkent cause friction.
Warning picks up on growing worries of Islamic militant infiltration into Russia’s Central Asian backyard.
Partly thanks to infrastructure projects blown up by the militants while they were trying to turf out the US, Afghanistan is dependent on neighbours for 73% of its electricity.
Russia is proposing a major reconfiguration of the Central Asian gas market. Eurasianet’s weekly Turkmenistan briefing.
The president’s father (the former president) is stealing the show. Plus, the latest on efforts to get Turkmen gas to Europe. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
Russia and China are the dominant trade and investment partners for Central Asian countries. But their dominance in the region is now being challenged by Turkey and Iran in a return to the "Great Game."
"There will be no peace until an arbitrator stands between us," says Kyrgyz defence minister. Tajiks, meanwhile, warn Kremlin security belt must be built around Afghanistan.
Agreement marks regime’s first international economic deal. Moscow eyes economic corridor through Central Asia and Afghanistan to South Asia.
Turkmenistan has traditionally fostered its closest security relationship with Russia. But it has found room to develop military ties with the US and China. Eurasianet’s weekly briefing.
But the Hungarian strongman may struggle both to exploit the cost of living crisis and to unite Europe's resurgent radical right, particularly if the Russian-Ukraine war grinds on.
Most important discussions and agreements at Samarkand gathering likely to concern regional connectivity, and the odd men out are Russia and Belarus.
Uzbekistan's chairmanship in the SCO has come at a moment of great change in the world – a period of "historical fracture", when one era ends and another begins, still unpredictable and unknown.