December 3, 2010
PRESIDENT MEETS US SECRETARY OF STATE
Islam Karimov, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan, met with Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State of the United States of America, at the Oqsaroy on December 2.
Today, Uzbekistan and the United States have hoarded a significant practice for constructive dialogue on a wide range of issues. This has helped bring about a qualitatively new phase in bilateral cooperation in political, trade and economic, investment, cultural and humanitarian as well as other spheres.
Greeting the guest, Uzbekistan’s President gave his high appreciation of the growth dynamics in Uzbek-American relations in many areas, corresponding to the spirit of partnership and mutual understanding.
“We very much welcome the relations we are building today with the United States,” Islam Karimov said. “With great pleasure can one note the dynamics and content of the bilateral cooperation. I hope we will now have a good opportunity to exchange views on our current relations, regional issues and those topics that have drawn our mutual interest.”
Expressing sincere gratitude to the head of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome, Secretary Clinton in her turn confirmed the American administration’s commitment to the principles of mutual respect in building bilateral relations.
“Mr President, let me thank You for the kind words and the chance to discuss important issues of mutual interest,” Hillary Clinton said. “President Barack Obama, too, draws significant importance to the discussion of most pressing aspects in our interaction. I am glad our officials can examine an extensive range of issues.”
Robust bilateral contacts are being shaped in maintaining regional security, including those in countering international terrorism, drugs trafficking, protecting state borders. The two sides regularly exchange experience in this dimension by organizing trainings for specialists within various programs.
Uzbekistan has taken an active part in the socioeconomic reconstruction in Afghanistan by providing practical help and assistance in the transportation of humanitarian goods and non-military cargo, supply of electricity, foodstuffs, construction materials, and creation of transport communications. In particular, the volume of power supplied to Afghanistan in 2010 has increased more than sixfold. Uzbek specialists have been constructing the strategically important railway line between the Afghan cities of Hairaton and Mazar-i-Sharif. All these efforts testify again to the infeasibility of addressing the Afghan crisis with military means, and Uzbekistan’s position in this regard remains irrevocable.
Prospects of expanding the bilateral cooperation in many spheres as well as other issues of mutual interest have been discussed during the meeting at the Oqsaroy.