TASHKENT (AFP) - The Central Asian state of Uzbekistan on Tuesday showcased the regions first high-speed train which will connect the capital Tashkent with the nations second largest city of Samarkand. Made by the Spanish train manufacturer Talgo, the train will take passengers on the 344-kilometer (213-mile) journey in two hours and 10 minutes at speeds reaching 254 kilometers per hour (157 miles per hour). Under the deal worth 38 million euros (55 million dollars) between the Uzbek state-run railway company Uzbekistan Temir Yullari and Spains Patentes Talgo S.A. signed in 2009, the Spanish company supplied the first Talgo AVE 250 train on July 22. The second train is expected next month. Thanks to the personal initiative of President Islam Karimov this project was implemented in our country and is the only of its kind in Central Asia, a deputy prime minister Batyr Khodjayev told journalists in the Uzbek capital Tashkent. The line is scheduled to open in early September.