Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu’s Travel to the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan

Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will lead a U.S. del­e­ga­tion to Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Kazakhstan May 23–27 to strength­en U.S. rela­tions with the region and advance col­lab­o­ra­tive efforts to cre­ate a more con­nect­ed, pros­per­ous, and secure Central Asia. 

The del­e­ga­tion is com­prised of the National Security Council’s Senior Director for Russia and Central Asia Eric Green, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Central Asia Rebecca Zimmerman, U.S. Agency for International Development Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Asia Anjali Kaur, and the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation’s Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Naz El-Khatib.

In the Kyrgyz Republic, the del­e­ga­tion will meet with senior Kyrgyz offi­cials, civ­il soci­ety, and eco­nom­ic lead­ers to find ways in which the United States can bet­ter sup­port shared val­ues, local cul­ture, and  eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment.  In Uzbekistan, the del­e­ga­tion will meet with Uzbek gov­ern­ment offi­cials, busi­ness lead­ers, and civ­il soci­ety to dis­cuss strength­en­ing our eco­nom­ic part­ner­ship, shared val­ues, and U.S. sup­port for women’s empowerment.

Assistant Secretary Lu and the accom­pa­ny­ing del­e­ga­tion will then trav­el to Tajikistan to meet with senior offi­cials and par­tic­i­pate in U.S.-Tajikistan Annual Bilateral Consultations to pro­mote eco­nom­ic ties and strength­en secu­ri­ty coop­er­a­tion.  Assistant Secretary Lu will also meet with civ­il soci­ety to dis­cuss human­i­tar­i­an assis­tance and oth­er sup­port for Afghan refugees, human rights, and joint ini­tia­tives on food secu­ri­ty and the role of women in society.

In Kazakhstan, the del­e­ga­tion will meet with senior Kazakhstani offi­cials and civ­il soci­ety lead­ers to dis­cuss Kazakhstan’s reform agen­da, efforts to strength­en human rights pro­tec­tions, and advance women’s empowerment.

Original source of arti­cle: www.state.gov

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