Asia

Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan move to boost ties

Turkmen President, Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, right, and his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev ,attend the opening ceremony of a new bridge across the Amu-Darya River in Turkmenabad, Turkmenistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Mirziyoyev's visit to Turkmenistan that began Monday is his first foreign trip following December's election. The two Central Asian nations agreed to cooperate more closely on energy and transport. (AP Photo)

Turkmen President, Gurbanguli Berdymukhamedov, right, and his Uzbek counterpart, Shavkat Mirziyoyev ,attend the opening ceremony of a new bridge across the Amu-Darya River in Turkmenabad, Turkmenistan, Tuesday, March 7, 2017. Mirziyoyev's visit to Turkmenistan that began Monday is his first foreign trip following December's election. The two Central Asian nations agreed to cooperate more closely on energy and transport. (AP Photo)  (The Associated Press)

Turkmenistan has unveiled a monument to the late leader of neighboring Uzbekistan, a move that comes as the two ex-Soviet Central Asian are moving to bolster ties.

Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov has hosted his Uzbek counterpart Shavkat Mirziyoyev on a two-day visit that began Monday.

On Tuesday, they opened a new bridge across the Amu Darya River and unveiled a monument to late Uzbek President Islam Karimov in the city of Turkmenabat on the border with Uzbekistan.

The visit to Turkmenistan is the first foreign trip for Mirziyoyev, elected in December to succeed Karimov who died in September.

During Monday's talks, the resource-rich nations agreed to cooperate in exporting electricity to Afghanistan and Pakistan and work together to develop trans-Caspian transport routes to South Caucasus and further on to Europe.