Washington, 10 March 2022 (TDI): Uzbek Foreign Minister, Abdulaziz Kamilov held an official meeting with the United States Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken in Washington.

Both sides discussed the Ukraine crisis, the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan, regional security as well as the bilateral relations between the USA and Uzbekistan.

US Secretary of State welcomed the Uzbek Foreign Minister in the United States. Besides, both sides exchanged congratulations on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. Secretary Blinken also thanked Minister Kamilov for the continued partnership between the two countries.

During the meeting, Secretary Blinken stressed that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine is a blatant violation of International Law. Further, he emphasized the need for board support for a rule-based international order.

USA’s Secretary appreciated Uzbekistan’s humanitarian support for the Ukrainian and Afghanistan’s peoples. He also argued that the USA would never allow terrorists to use Afghanistan soil as a safe haven.

Besides, he encouraged and appreciated continuing progress of the Uzbekistan reforms agenda. Reforms agenda include protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms., promoting the rule of law, and improving the business climate.

In the end, the USA Secretary of State assured the USA’s support for Uzbekistan’s independence, territorial integrity, as well as sovereignty.

Activities during the visit

Besides the meeting, the Uzbek delegation organized discussions with officials of Congress, American Business circles, and academia. In the meeting with members of the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce, the Uzbek delegation briefed the country’s development strategy till 2026.

They also described the economic reforms of Uzbekistan’s government. In addition, the delegation of Uzbekistan also met with academic and research officials of the USA.

They discussed the expansion of cooperation and, research & academic exchange. USA’s academic experts were from American Council for International Education, Berkeley University in California, and George Washington University.