Putin discusse situation in Afghanistan with leader of Uzbekistan

F.P. Report

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev on Saturday, the Kremlin press service reported.

During a telephone conversation with the President of the Republic of Uzbe-kistan, Vladimir Putin war-mly congratulated Shavkat Mirziyoyev on his birthday.

A number of issues of Russian-Uzbek relations of strategic partnership and alliance were also discussed, including interaction in the fight against the spread of coronavirus infection.

Topical regional issues were touched upon, first of all, the situation in Afgh-anistan. It was agreed on further contacts.

Also, during a telephone conversation, the Presidents of Russia and Kazakhstan Putin and Kassym-Jomar Tokayev discussed bilateral cooperation and a number of regional problems.

“It was agreed to continue contacts,” the Kremlin said in a statement . The conversation was held in a friendly manner, according to the Kremlin. On whose initiative the conversation took place is not specified.

“The heads of state discussed the situation in Afghanistan and its impact on the stability and security of Central Asia. The importance of coordinated actions of the two states and other countries of the region in order to ensure their successful socio-economic development,” the press service of the President of Kazakhstan said .

It is noted that “the President of Kazakhstan expressed gratitude to the Russian leader for the invitation to take part in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok, scheduled for September this year.”

In May, Mr Putin and Mr Tokayev discussed the coronavirus pandemic, bilateral economic cooperation and regional security issues. The heads of state also congratulated each other on the 76th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War.

In Afghanistan, there is a confrontation between the government forces and the Taliban, who have seized significant territories in rural areas and launched an offensive against large cities. Instability in Afgha-nistan is growing against the backdrop of the withdrawal of American troops.

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