US to hold regular meeting in C5 + 1 format in Central Asia

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Tashkent, Jan. 16, 2018 / Kabar /. In future, a meeting is planned in C5 + 1 format in Central Asia, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry's Jahon News Agency reported as Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia saying.

Ambassador Wells said that the United States is pleased that Central Asia is jointly solving common problems that are the same for the whole region, the partnership in the C5 + 1 format is constructive and productive. "In future, such a meeting is planned in Central Asia, at the same time, the U.S. Congress allocated $15 mln to strengthen this format," she said.

The C5 + 1 means a meeting of foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries and the United States. The first meeting of the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and the US Secretary of State in this format was held on Nov. 1, 2015 in Samarkand.

The US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson also met in the C5 + 1 format with his colleagues in New York.

The next meeting in the C5 + 1 format will serve to further strengthen cooperation between the Central Asian countries and the United States, the report said.

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