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Uzbekistan, U.S. to discuss supply of goods to Afghanistan

17 October 2012

http://en.trend.az of 10/17/2012 - General William M. Fraser III, current Commander of the United States Transportation Command (USTRANSCOM) will hold consultations with government representatives in Tashkent on Oct.17, U.S. Embassy said.

The visit's schedule envisages a meeting with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and Defence Minister Kabul Berdiyev, during which there will be discussions of issues relating to the Northern Distribution Network, through which goods are transported through Uzbekistan to Afghanistan.

In March this year, Uzbekistan and the United States signed an intergovernmental agreement on the air transit of U.S goods and personnel across Uzbek territory as part of the efforts to ensure Afghanistan's security and restoration.

In June, the Legislative (lower) Chamber of the Uzbek parliament and in August - Uzbek Senate (upper chamber of parliament) ratified the agreement.

According to the agreement, the transit is implemented using Uzbek special air corridors for this purpose without making intermediate stops in the country unless under an emergency situation on board and, or a force majeure preventing the transit.

The agreement will remain in force for one year and is automatically renewed for a subsequent one-year period.