Tajikistan, Uzbekistan to restore air link
By Gunay Hasanova
Uzbekistan Airways has performed the charter flight to Dushanbe for the first time since 1992, the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan reported.
The Tashkent — Dushanbe — Tashkent charter flight was carried out by the national airline on November 30.
The Uzbek Foreign Ministry reported that earlier the Uzbek and Tajik delegations held negotiations in Dushanbe on legal-organizational and economic aspects of further cooperation in the civil aviation sector.
The sides signed a protocol on cooperation between the civil aviation authorities of of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the air transport sector.
Under the signed Protocol, the Dushanbe –Tashkent – Dushanbe flight will be operated twice a week by Somon Air, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan Airways.
Flights between the two countries were terminated in the autumn of 1992, and in 2000, Uzbekistan introduced a visa regime for travel to Tajikistan.
The Tajik Transport Ministry reported that the first flight Dushanbe — Tashkent will be performed in January 2017.
Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Tajikistan and the Republic of Uzbekistan were established on October 22, 1992.
The legal base of bilateral Tajik-Uzbek relations includes 111 contracts and agreements signed at the interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental levels in the period from 1992 to the present.
The approved documents between two countries cover all the key areas of cooperation between two countries and provide a solid legal basis for the further strengthening of bilateral cooperation between Tajikistan and Uzbekistan in the political, economic, trade and other areas.
The trade turnover between the two countries reached the amount of $167, 1 million in 2015.