US, Uzbekistan Confer on Deepening Ties

The government of Uzbekistan on Monday hosted the US in the two countries’ first Strategic Partnership Dialogue meeting, in which both sides assessed bilateral and multilateral ties.

The Uzbekistan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Abdulaziz Kamilov received US Department of State Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Assistant Secretary Donald Lu in the capital city Tashkent, where they discussed political and diplomatic ties.

During the meeting, Lu reaffirmed the United State’s unwavering support for Uzbekistan’s independence, sovereignty, and territorial integrity, the US Department of State said in a statement on Monday.

Mr. Lu welcomed Uzbekistan’s ongoing program of reforms aimed at liberalizing the economy, promoting respect for human rights and protecting fundamental freedoms, and developing democratic institutions and civil society, and highlighted increasing U.S. assistance to support these reforms. 

The delegations reaffirmed the importance of, and support for, Uzbekistan’s accession to the World Trade Organization and exchanged views on opportunities to increase U.S. private sector trade and investment in Uzbekistan, the statement added.

Mr. Kamilov thanked the United States for the provision of over six million doses of vaccines in partnership with COVAX. 

The United States underscored its support for Uzbekistan’s efforts to counter the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Both sides noted the 2021 UN General Assembly resolution on the Aral Sea region and highlighted their pledges to reduce national greenhouse gas emissions in line with the goal of limiting global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius. 

The United States underscored its support for Uzbekistan’s efforts to combat gender-based violence and discrimination, increase women’s representation in decision making processes, and modernize its education system, the statement said. Uzbekistan highlighted the importance of cultural heritage preservation and expressed interest in concluding an agreement on the protection of cultural property.

The delegations expressed their interest in further expanding cooperation in promoting respect for freedom of religion or belief, combating human trafficking, promoting respect for women’s rights, and supporting independent media and civil society, the statement added.  

The Foreign Minister and Assistant Secretary Lu expressed the commitment of Uzbekistan and the United States to continue humanitarian support directly to the Afghan people.  

The United States expressed appreciation for the services made available to humanitarian actors at the Termez Cargo Center and welcomed Uzbekistan’s initiative to create a regional logistics hub in Termez under the auspices of the United Nations to provide urgent humanitarian assistance to the people of Afghanistan.

Both sides spoke in favor of further intensifying regional engagement through the C5+1 and the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement (TIFA).


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