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US leadership interested in development of ties with Uzbekistan
The US leadership is interested in consistent and stable development of multifaceted relations with Uzbekistan, US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, who is on a visit to Uzbekistan, said.
Shannon made remarks at the meeting with Uzbek acting president Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the Uzbek national news agency (UzA) reported.
During the meeting, Mirziyoyev and Shannon stressed the successful development and strengthening of the Uzbekistan-US relations based on principles of mutual respect and trust, the message said.
According to the message, Mirziyoyev and Shannon highly appreciated the level of mutually beneficial cooperation in trade, investments and high technologies.
The purposeful activity of the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce contributes to the development and expansion of full-scale economic cooperation, the message said.
The US and Uzbekistan exchange views on a wide range of issues on the bilateral agenda, including security and stability in Central Asia, as part of the annual political consultations.
Special attention is paid to the processes of peaceful settlement of the situation in Afghanistan and assistance in the social-economic recovery of this country.
According to the message, Mirziyoyev and Shannon stressed that Uzbekistan and the US have all opportunities and the potential required for sustained strengthening and expanding of partnership and cooperation in all promising areas, corresponding to the long-term interests of the two countries.
During the visit, Shannon attended the National Paralympic Association of Uzbekistan and congratulated the Uzbek athletes on excellent results at the Rio 2016 Paralympics, the message said.
According to the message, Shannon also visited Samarkand, where he laid a wreath to the grave of Uzbek first President Islam Karimov.
Shannon also met with Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, the message said.
The sides discussed current state and prospects of bilateral relations in political, trade and economic, cultural and humanitarian and other spheres, according to the message.
According to the message, Kamilov and Shannon also exchanged views on cooperation in the C5+1 format, specific issues of the international and regional agenda.
The C5+1 format was created in 2015. The US Secretary of State John Kerry had a meeting with foreign ministers of all five Central Asian countries in New York in September 2015.
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