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Uzbek President receives delegation of U.S. Congress

6 July 2012

http://en.trend.az of 7/6/2012 - President of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov received on Friday chairman of the Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Dan Burton and congressman Gregory Meeks, who arrived on a visit to Tashkent, Uzbekistan National News Agency reported (UzA).

Welcoming the guests, the president noted that he considers visit of the U.S. Congress delegation to Uzbekistan as one of the evidences of rapid development and consistent strengthening of Uzbek-American dialogue, a good opportunity to exchange views on the status and prospects of bilateral relations and issues of regional security and stability.

During the meeting it was noted that the expanding inter-parliamentary ties are one of the key components of the cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United States and have a direct impact on the deepening of mutual understanding and trust, expansion of multi-faceted partnership in political, economic, trade, investment and humanitarian spheres, as well as in the development of democracy and formation of civil society.

During the discussion of international issues, special attention was paid to the topic of Afghanistan, the prevailing situation there and different scenarios of the developments in this country. It was emphasized that Uzbekistan participates and will participate on a bilateral basis in the construction of socio-economic and infrastructure facilities in Afghanistan, aimed at creating conditions for its peaceful revival.

The Congressmen expressed their gratitude to the head of Uzbekistan for the warm welcome and an opportunity to discuss in a constructive manner the important aspects of the bilateral agenda, relevant regional and global issues.

The meeting underlined the mutual interest in the development of Uzbek-American relations on a mutually beneficial and long-term co-operation across the spectrum.