Secretary Pompeo's Meeting With Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
May 17, 2018

The following is attributable to Spokesperson Heather Nauert:

Secretary Pompeo welcomed Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Department of State in Washington, D.C. today in a historic visit to usher in a new era of strategic partnership between the United States and Uzbekistan. The Secretary reaffirmed the longstanding U.S. commitment to supporting Uzbekistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, and commended Uzbekistan’s increasing engagement with its neighbors and the international community, including Uzbekistan’s key role in making Central Asia a stable and prosperous region, and its support for international efforts to stabilize Afghanistan. Secretary Pompeo recognized Uzbekistan’s progress in rule of law, economic liberalization, and human rights. The Secretary offered continued support to the Uzbek government in implementing President Mirziyoyev’s reform agenda. Secretary Pompeo and President Mirziyoyev also discussed opportunities to enhance bilateral trade, attract foreign direct investment, and increase ties between our people and societies.