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Turkmenistan’s foreign minister sent to raise funds for Asian Games

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — Over the past few days Turkmenistan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Rashid Meredov has visited Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, and Azerbaijan where he held meetings with his counterparts and heads of state, the Chronicles of Turkmenistan independent website reported on July 20. Issues related to cooperation in various areas were discussed in the course of the meetings, but Radio Azatlyk reported with reference to its sources in the government that Meredov was sent on this trip by President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov who, via Meredov, requested the heads of the states to provide financial aid to Turkmenistan, as the country urgently needs at least $1.5 billion to host the Asian Indoor Martial Arts Games to be held in Ashgabat this September.

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Belgian company ready to invest in alternative energy projects in Kazakhstan

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ASTANA (TCA) — The management of the Belgian company QWAY energy has arrived in Shymkent in the South Kazakhstan region to meet with local businesspeople at the region’s Chamber of Entrepreneurs and discuss a renewable energy project, the Atameken National Chamber of Entrepreneurs of Kazakhstan reported.

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President summons bankers to address acute financial problems in Turkmenistan

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ASHGABAT (TCA) — The President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov on July 18 called an ad-hoc meeting with bank executives to listen to their specific proposals on how to resolve the urgent financial problems which are worsening every day in the cash-strapped country, the foreign-based independent website Chronicles of Turkmenistan reports.

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India ‘well-suited’ for greater role in Afghanistan, US Senate committee says

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BISHKEK (TCA) — India can work closely with the US and Afghanistan in providing security in the war-torn country and supporting wider stability in the region, the US Senate Armed Services Committee says, but Indian experts rule out any direct military involvement of India in Afghanistan, Russia’s Sputnik news agency reports.

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Did Kyrgyzstan get sold a hydropower pup?

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Major foreign investments have so far come to Kyrgyzstan due to geopolitical rather than economic reasons (with the Canadian investment in the Kumtor gold field being perhaps the only exception). The investment of Russia in Kyrgyzstan’s Naryn hydropower plants cascade, too, was dictated by the Kremlin’s political goals in the region. Now, as Russia has abandoned the project over cashflow problems, this major hydropower project has been taken up by a little-known Czech company, which has found itself in the focus of a scandal in Kyrgyzstan. We are republishing this article by Nurjamal Djanibekova on the issue, originally published by EurasiaNet.org:

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Kazakhstan’s economy grew 4.2% in first half of 2017

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ASTANA (TCA) — Kazakhstan's GDP grew by 4.2 percent in the first half of 2017, Minister of National Economy Timur Suleimenov said at the meeting of the Kazakh Government on July 18 which reviewed the results of the country's social and economic development for the first half of the year, the official website of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan reported.

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Switzerland supports service improvement at local level in Kyrgyzstan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — On July 18, an official ceremony was held to inaugurate a cultural center that will benefit over 3,500 residents of Ottuk and Kara-Shaar villages of Ulahol Aiyl Aymak in Kyrgyzstan. Leisure and recreation services provided by the cultural center have been improved with the financial support of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation. The ceremony was attended by residents, representatives of the Ulahol municipality and local council, the Embassy of Switzerland to the Kyrgyz Republic, as well as the implementing organizations Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation and the Development Policy Institute.

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EU grants 21 million euros for horticulture development project in Uzbekistan

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TASHKENT (TCA) — On July 17, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov, in Brussels, attended a meeting of Uzbekistan-European Union Cooperation Council and met with Stefano Manservisi, Director General of the European Commission's Directorate General for International Cooperation and Development (DEVCO), and Helga Schmid, the Secretary General of European External Action Service (EEAS), Uzbekistan’s official Jahon information agency reported.

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UN report says civilians continue to bear the brunt of Afghanistan's 'ugly war'

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KABUL (TCA) — Civilians lives – including those of women and children – continue to be lost at record high levels amid a worsening toll of suicide attacks, the United Nations mission in Afghanistan said on July 17, calling on anti-government forces to stop indiscriminate attacks against civilians as well as on the Government to stop using mortars and rockets in populated areas, the UN News Centre reported.

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Turkey bars entry to thousands of suspected IS supporters, including from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan

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BISHKEK (TCA) — Turkey has barred the entrance of thousands of people from the former Soviet Union, including from Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, whom it suspects of having ties to Islamic State (IS) in Syria and Iraq, RFE/RL reports.

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CSTO foreign ministers agree on joint measures to ensure information security

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ASTANA (TCA) — Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov took part in the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a post-Soviet security bloc including Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan, the Kazakh Foreign Ministry reported on July 17.

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EU and Uzbekistan hold high-level meeting amid signs of change in the country

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The European Union and Uzbekistan are to hold the highest-level political meeting since the death of longtime Uzbek President Islam Karimov in 2016, RFE/RL reports.

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Iran says it can resolve differences with Tajikistan through talks

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TEHRAN (TCA) — As Tajikistan and Iran are experiencing political tensions after the Tajik government has restricted the activities of Iranian companies and forced some organizations related to Iran to shut down in Tajikistan, Iran’s foreign ministry said that the Islamic Republic’s issues with Tajikistan can be settled at the negotiating table, Iran’s IFP News agency reported on July 17.

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Uzbekistan to hold the second International Fruit and Vegetable Fair

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TASHKENT (TCA) — The event will take place in a new, two-stage format. On September 6-8, Tashkent will host the second International Fruit and Vegetable Fair, and territorial fruit and vegetable fairs will be held later, in November, in Nukus and in all regional centers of Uzbekistan, for the formation of a portfolio of orders for the next year and medium term, the Jahon information agency reported.

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