Uzbekistan’s president to visit US


TASHKENT (TCA) — President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, at the invitation of the President of the United States of America Donald Trump, will pay the first official visit to the US on May 15-17, Uzbekistan’s official Jahon Information Agency reports.

During the talks, the parties are expected to discuss the current state and prospects of Uzbek-American cooperation, exchange views on the pressing international and regional issues, the agency said.

President Mirziyoyev will also hold bilateral meetings in the US Congress, the Departments of Defense and State, as well as in the World Bank in Washington, DC.

As a result of the talks the two sides anticipate to adopt a Joint Statement of Presidents entitled “Uzbekistan and the United States of America: Dawn of a New Era in Strategic Partnership”, and sign a package of documents aimed at consolidation of bilateral relations in different areas.

In a press release issued on May 10, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the two presidents will renew their countries’ “bilateral strategic partnership, in order to pursue shared interests and address emerging challenges,” RFE/RL reported.

They will also be discussing trade, investment, and regional security issues, including the situation in Afghanistan.

The new government under President Mirziyoyev announced political and economic reforms to open Uzbekistan for international cooperation and foreign direct investments. The new regional policy of Tashkent in Central Asia has given dynamism and prospects to solve old issues like border demarcation, a fair share of water resources, extremism and terrorism, and peace building process in Afghanistan.

Sergey Kwan