February 27, 2012
George Krol: US-Uzbek Relations Advancing Dynamically
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and the United States, UzA reporter has interviewed US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary in Uzbekistan George Krol.
Mr. Ambassador, how would you evaluate the current cooperation level between our two nations?
I think the relations between the United States and Uzbekistan have been advancing dynamically, with corresponding effect on all aspects of cooperation. We have established an ever expanding dialogue that has covered a wide spectrum of areas, including security, economy and social sphere.
The 2002 Declaration on Strategic Partnership and Cooperation has been an underlying document. It has provided for a fundamental starting point to our cooperation and partnership as much as it serves as a program for joint action on all dimensions of our interaction. And we have been addressing the challenges outlined in the Declaration. A mechanism of annual bilateral consultations was launched in 2009 in order to facilitate that process, to work out a clear-cut pathway to further these goals. As a result, some specific strides have been made ever since in bolstering mutually advantageous bonds. For instance, Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement was signed during Secretary Hillary Clinton’s 2010 visit to Uzbekistan. The two sides are engaged today in joint elaboration of action plan to implement the objectives inked in the Agreement.
Constructive consultations have been in progress to address the Afghan crisis and to perfect the normative foundations of our cooperation. These consultations have proved mutually beneficial, suggesting we should make them more frequent. Both sides wield enough capacities for more expanded and substantial contacts, and our attempts on this front have been successful. Now we need to work together to enhance our ties.
Uzbekistan has had a telling record of cooperation with major US businesses. Among the leading American investors is General Motors that operates joint venture in this country – GM Uzbekistan. A new JV – GM Powertrain Uzbekistan – was launched last year with this corporation. In this regard, how do you assess the prospects of economic cooperation between the two nations?
I feel confident that this aspect of cooperation between our two countries is rather promising. I believe other major American companies are going to work in Uzbekistan with enthusiasm. That is the case also with bilateral cooperation in general. I envision the task of the entire US embassy, and mine in particular as ambassador, to facilitate that process.
How do you view the inter-parliamentary relations between the two countries?
I see a certain progress in this direction as well. Thus, a prominent group of officials from Uzbekistan’s Oliy Majlis visited Washington a few years ago. Uzbek parliamentary delegation’s trip to the United States is planned also for this year. Senator Lindsey Graham traveled to Uzbekistan last year, and hopefully, American congressmen will be coming to Uzbekistan more frequently since these kinds of direct contacts will serve to consolidate bilateral bonds.
Mr. Ambassador, your thoughts on the occasion of twentieth anniversary of diplomatic ties between Uzbekistan and the United States.
Staying true to the principal commitments assumed within cooperation, our two nations have been demonstrating reciprocal aspiration toward fostering equally advantageous relations in the spirit of mutual respect.
I would like to note on this landmark date that we will continue to work together to further the relations built on the commitment to ideas of friendship and partnership between our two governments and peoples. (UzA, Olim Turakulov)