Uzbekistan Independence Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
August 31, 2013

On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I congratulate the people of Uzbekistan as you celebrate 22 years of independence.

The United States is proud to cooperate with the people of Uzbekistan in areas of mutual importance, from promoting education and security to strengthening civil society and increasing our trade and economic engagement.

Our cooperation promotes stability, security, and prosperity throughout Central Asia and the broader region. We look forward to building on these ties as you move forward.

As you celebrate this special day, I send best wishes for peace, health, and prosperity to all the people of Uzbekistan.

PRN: 2013/1057