Remarks With Uzbekistani Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov Before Their Meeting

John Kerry
Secretary of State
Treaty Room
Washington, DC
March 12, 2013

The video below is available with
closed captioning on YouTube.

SECRETARY KERRY: Good morning. It’s my great pleasure today to welcome His Excellency, the Foreign Minister Kamilov from Uzbekistan. We’re going to have a chance to talk about the important security and assistance relationship that we have. Uzbekistan is providing very, very important help with respect to the distribution network of aid to Afghanistan, and they are involved, happily, in some very important infrastructure construction projects, a railroad into Afghanistan and major electricity power provision. And we also have other issues – human rights – other issues to talk about. But we’re delighted to welcome His Excellency here, and we thank you for the important cooperation.

FOREIGN MINISTER KAMILOV: Thank you. Mr. Secretary, first of all, on behalf of the delegation of Uzbekistan, I’d like to thank you for a warm welcome. Today, during our negotiations, we are going to exchange views on the state of our bilateral relations and our cooperation in political, economic, and humanitarian areas. Of course, we are going also to raise the problem of Afghanistan. We have very close cooperation with the United States, and we will continue this kind of cooperation to bring peace and stability to Afghanistan and to the region of Central Asia. And this is our agenda, and of course we have a lot to speak about. Thank you very much.

SECRETARY KERRY: Thank you very much. Thank you. Thank you, Minister.

PRN: 2013/0273