Uzbekistan hosted the first meeting in December 2021 of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue with the United States, highlighting the two countries’ commitment to improving security in Central Asia.
The engagement in Tashkent was hosted by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu.
Both parties stressed continued cooperation to counter the threats of terrorism and extremism and reduce insecurity in Afghanistan. Uzbekistan’s loan of the Termez cargo terminal to help deliver international humanitarian aid to Afghanistan earned praise from the U.S. side.
The United Nations Office of High Commissioner for Refugees and the U.N. World Food Program have used the Termez hub to ship food, tents, dishes, blankets and other supplies to Afghanistan.
Washington agreed to host the next meeting of the Strategic Partnership Dialogue. The meeting, in 2022, could correspond with celebrations of the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Uzbekistan and the U.S.
Uzbekistan and U.S. relations have improved during the six-year administration of Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and have included a broadening of military
cooperation and training. Sources: Anadolu Agency, Gazeta.uz, Caravanserai