U.S. Relations With Uzbekistan

Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs
Fact Sheet
July 19, 2018


More information about Uzbekistan is available on the Uzbekistan Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.

U.S.-UZBEKISTAN RELATIONS

The United States established diplomatic relations with Uzbekistan in 1992 following its independence from the Soviet Union. Since then, the United States and Uzbekistan have developed a broad-based relationship, cooperating in such areas as border and regional security programs, economic relations, political and civil society issues, and English language training. Uzbekistan is important to U.S. interests in ensuring stability, prosperity, and security in the broader Central Asian region, and the U.S. has provided security assistance to the country to further these goals. Regional threats include illegal narcotics, trafficking in persons, terrorism, and violent extremism. Uzbekistan is a key partner supporting international efforts in Afghanistan, primarily through provision of electricity, economic assistance, and development of Afghanistan’s infrastructure.

U.S. Assistance to Uzbekistan

U.S. assistance goals are to improve livelihoods of citizens through support for the agricultural sector, addressing the threats of infectious disease and transnational crime, increasing citizen input into government decision-making, promoting the rule of law, and encouraging government efforts that ensure respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.

Bilateral Economic Relations

Uzbekistan's economy was historically based primarily on agriculture and natural resource extraction. While the country remains a major producer of energy and minerals, with uranium one of Uzbekistan's largest exports to the United States, the manufacturing sector has grown in recent years and now accounts for approximately one quarter of GDP, surpassing agriculture. Uzbekistan has signed a trade and investment framework agreement with the United States and other Central Asian countries establishing a regional forum to discuss ways to improve investment climates and expand trade within Central Asia.

Uzbekistan's Membership in International Organizations

Uzbekistan and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, International Monetary Fund, and World Bank. Uzbekistan is a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's Partnership for Peace and an observer to the World Trade Organization, which it is now preparing to join.

Bilateral Representation

The U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan is Pamela Spratlen; other principal embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.

Uzbekistan maintains an embassy in the United States at 1746 Massachusetts Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20036; tel.: (202) 887-5300.

More information about Uzbekistan is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:

Department of State Uzbekistan Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Uzbekistan Page
U.S. Embassy
USAID Uzbekistan Page
History of U.S. Relations With Uzbekistan
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
U.S. Census Bureau Foreign Trade Statistics
Export.gov International Offices Page
Library of Congress Country Studies
Travel Information