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Will Uzbekistan Join TAPI?

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23.05.2017

Since his inauguration in December, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has been on something of a regional goodwill tour. While much of Tashkent’s regional policy has largely remained steady — Uzbekistan won’t be rejoining the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) any time soon, for instance — Mirziyoyev has opted for the kind of optics his predecessor, Islam Karimov, shunned over the past few years. From cozying up to Tajik President Emomali Rahmon to overseeing something of a thaw when it comes to resource policies, Mirziyoyev has tried to build relations with neighbors without the attendant acrimony Karimov brought to bear.

The latest bit of regional glad-handing came this week when Mirziyoyev visited his Turkmen counterpart along the Caspian coast. As Fergana News

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