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Central Asian states report no sightings of Malaysian jet

The Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on Monday said there had been no sightings of the missing Malaysian passenger jet following reports that it may have reached their airspace. According to one of the possible scenarios, the Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane that mysteriously went missing on March 8 could have flown north as far as the ex-Soviet country of Kazakhstan. "There was no unsanctioned use of Kazakhstan's airspace on that day," the head of the country's civil aviation authority, Serik Mukhtybayev, told the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

Central Asian states report no sightings of Malaysian jet

The Central Asian states of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan on Monday said there had been no sightings of the missing Malaysian passenger jet following reports that it may have reached their airspace. According to one of the possible scenarios, the Malaysia Airlines MH370 plane that mysteriously went missing on March 8 could have flown north as far as the ex-Soviet country of Kazakhstan. "There was no unsanctioned use of Kazakhstan's airspace on that day," the head of the country's civil aviation authority, Serik Mukhtybayev, told the Interfax-Kazakhstan news agency.

China to invest in Uzbekistan rail link

Uzbekistan and China signed agreements worth $400 million on Friday, with China financing two tunnels on a railway linking eastern Uzbekistan to the rest of the country, bypassing Tajikistan. Uzbekistan is building a 120-kilometre link to go through the imposing Kamchik pass and China will finance its most difficult tunnels for $350 million, according to the documents. The existing rail link between Uzbek capital Tashkent and its densely populated Fergana valley in the east runs through northern Tajikistan's mountainous Sughd province.

Tajiks vote en masse to re-elect strongman ruler

Tajikistan's President Emomali Rakhmon was Wednesday set to clinch a fourth term at the helm of the poorest ex-Soviet state, helped by a lack of any serious opposition and a mass turnout by voters. In a tale all too familiar throughout Muslim but vehemently secular ex-Soviet Central Asia, the five candidates standing against Rakhmon in presidential elections are virtual unknowns even inside the country, with next to no chance of victory.

Russia's Putin says Syria violence could hit ex-Soviet bloc

By Alexei Anishchuk SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin warned ex-Soviet allies on Monday that Islamist militancy fuelling the war in Syria could reach their countries, some of which have Muslim majorities. He said Russia and its allies would provide "additional collective assistance" to Tajikistan to guard its border with Afghanistan after the pullout of most foreign combat troops in 2014.

Turkey becomes partner of China-, Russia-led security bloc

By Dmitry Solovyov ALMATY (Reuters) - NATO member Turkey signed up on Friday to became a "dialogue partner" of a security bloc dominated by China and Russia, and declared that its destiny is in Asia. "This is really a historic day for us," Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said in Kazakhstan's commercial capital Almaty after signing a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Cooperation Organisation Secretary General Dmitry Mezentsev.

Presidents Atambaev, Nazarbaev discuss bilateral ties

President of Kyrgyzstan Almazbek Atambaev today met with President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbaev.Two Presidents have discussed relevant bilateral cooperation issues, the Kyrgyz president’s press service reported.Central Asian News Services

Kazakh-Kyrgyz Intergovernmental Council to hold meeting in June 2013

Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan Intergovernmental Council will hold a meeting in June of the current year, Kazakh Foreign Minister Yerlan Idrisov stated at a meeting with his Kyrgyz counterpart Erlan Abdyldaev."In June, the Intergovernmental Council between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan will hold a meeting, which will be attended by our Prime Minister.

Azersun interested in creation of agricultural processing joint ventures in Tajikistan

Deputy Prime Minister of Tajikistan Murodali Alimardon and Ambassador of Azerbaijan Abbasali Gasanov discussed prospects of bilateral economic relations on Tuesday, the Embassy of Azerbaijan said.The sides exchanged views about possibilities of attraction of Azerbaijani investments into the national economy of Tajikistan, willingness of Azerbaijani Holding Azersun to create agricultural processing joint ventures.Ambassador Gasanov underlined importance of practical realization of the agreements reached between two countries earlier, including cooperation in agricultural selec

Defense Minister of Kazakhstan to visit Tajikistan

Kazakhstan's Defense Minister Adilbek Jaksybekov will discuss prospects of military and technical cooperation during his visit to Dushanbe on April 15, the Defense Ministry said.Jaksybekov intends to hold talks with Defense Minister of Tajikistan Sherali Hairulloev during this visit.A particular attention will be paid to training opportunities for the military of Tajikistan in military education institutions in Kazakhstan.
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