September 2, 2016 / 5:44 AM / 3 years ago

Kazakh president to travel to Uzbekistan on Saturday: source

Nursultan Nazarbayev, President of Kazakhstan waits to address attendees during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at the U.N. headquarters in New York, September 28, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

ALMATY (Reuters) - Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev plans to travel to Uzbekistan on Saturday, cutting short his trip to China, a Kazakh government source told Reuters on Friday.

The sudden change of plans could indicate that the Kazakh government is preparing for an imminent announcement of Uzbek President Islam Karimov’s death.

The Uzbek government said on Friday Karimov’s health has sharply worsened and described his condition as critical.

Reporting by Olzhas Auyezov; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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