Nazarbayev makes surprise Nauryz visit to Samarkand, meets with Mirziyoyev

ASTANA – Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid an unannounced visit to Uzbekistan’s famous city of Samarkand March 21 where he discussed bilateral, regional and international issues with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev.

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The two leaders praised the state of bilateral relations and outlined additional development prospects.

According to the Akorda press service, Nazarbayev noted the positive effects the country’s bilateral relations have on trade, economic relations and cultural and humanitarian cooperation.

He also noted increases in bilateral trade and the promotion of ties between the two nations’ business communities as well as effective bilateral cooperation on international and regional issues.

Mirziyoyev and Nazarbayev also visited the Hazret Khizr memorial complex and paid tribute to the memory of the first President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov buried there.

On the eve of the Nauryz holiday, common to the peoples of both countries, the heads of the two states visited Samarkand’s cultural and historical sights.

Mirziyoev visited Astana March 15 to attend the meeting of the leaders of five Central Asian nations and personally launch the Year of Uzbekistan in Kazakhstan.