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MOSCOW, September 1 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has congratulated President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov on the republic's national holiday -- Independence Day, the Kremlin press service said on Sunday.
In the congratulatory telegramme, the Russian leader noted the country's successes in the economic and social spheres and its active role in regional and international affairs.
Russian-Uzbek relations are developing dynamically in the spirit of strategic partnership and allied relations, Putin noted.
The Russian president expressed confidence that the bilateral political dialogue and practical cooperation in various areas would continue to develop in the interests of the friendly nations of Russia and Uzbekistan and for consolidation of security and stability in Central Asia.