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MOSCOW, April 5. /TASS/. Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev expressed condolences over the St. Petersburg metro blast during his meeting with Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday, calling to join efforts in the fight against terrorism.
"I want to express my sincere condolences to the families of (those killed in the terrorist attack). What happened in St. Petersburg is a terrorist attack and terrorism does not have any borders, nationality or faith. This is our common pain, and this signals that we need to join forces here," Mirziyoyev said.
The Uzbek president, who is visiting Russia on April 4-5, said the terrorist attack in St. Petersburg is a pain for all people.
He also noted that all bilateral agreements reached were being implemented. "We have seriously stepped up trade and economic cooperation. Many our partners already meet, there is some result. A lot has been done in the cultural and humanitarian field," he said.
Uzbekistan will support Russia’s position on the situation in Afghanistan, he went on.
"We will help and support Russia’s efforts on Afghanistan in every possible way. There will be a meeting on April 14, and our agencies from Afghanistan will be sure to take part in it," he said.
Mirziyoyev noted that peace and prosperity in Afghanistan are of great importance for Uzbekistan. He added that his country is impressed by Russia’s efforts aimed at ensuring stability in Afghanistan. "We will take an active part, "he said.
Uzbekistan’s president added that it is necessary to develop strategic partnership and allied relations between the two countries.