Turkmen president and Israeli top diplomat discuss bilateral ties and opening of diplomatic mission as Israel seeks to strengthen ties to its arch-foe Iran's neighbours.
Afghanistan's neighbouring countries - Russia, China, Iran, and Pakistan - discuss strengthening coordination on Afghanistan to neutralise security threats emanating from the territory after hasty US withdrawal.
Voters will elect 125 members of parliament out of 258 candidates, put forward by three political parties or running independently, who all support President Serdar Berdymukhamedov.
Kazakhstan President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev says the vote would allow him to start implementing his plan to reform the country and ensure a fairer distribution of its oil wealth.
Around 12 million voters have until 8:00 pm to cast ballots in polls that could see independent candidates enter the lower house of a parliament currently composed of parties loyal to President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev.
The US is "determined" to strengthen its relationship with Kazakhstan, Secretary of State Antony Blinken says ahead of a meeting of the C5+1 group, made up of the US and Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
Magnitude 6.8 earthquake strikes eastern Tajikistan, says USGS, followed by a 5.0-magnitude aftershock and a second quake of 4.6-magnitude.
Several residents and professionals in Kazakhstan expressed desire that the catastrophe in Türkiye and Syria could serve as a cautionary tale for their country.
Authorities announced on Thursday five more deaths after a series of avalanche struck the Central Asian nation's Gorno-Badakhshan autonomous region near the border with China and Afghanistan.
The agreement to demarcate the contested borders was approved by both parliaments last year after three decades of talks.
The 26th meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) in Uzbekistan's capital saw foreign ministers discuss economic integration mechanisms and other regional issues.
President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev's decision comes a year after the deadly riots that killed 238 people.
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