According to Cale Brown, Principal Deputy Spokesperson, office of the spokesperson on November 30, 2020, ‘Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov. ‘
U.S. steadfast support for Uzbekistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence, and President Mirziyoyev’s reform agenda were the highlighted topics of discussion between the two.
According to the spokesperson, ‘Both reflected on the progress of human rights reforms, including broadening religious freedom, combatting trafficking in persons, and expanding space for civil society and journalists.’ The Secretary and the Foreign Minister also discussed opportunities for U.S. exporters and investors as Uzbekistan pursues market-oriented policies and privatization.
Furthermore, according to Brown, Secretary Pompeo and Foreign Minister Kamilov lauded their governments’ decision to elevate annual bilateral political consultations to a Strategic Partnership Dialogue while reflecting on the growing U.S. – Uzbekistan partnership and strategic alignment.
He concluded that, ‘Within this Dialogue, the United States and Uzbekistan will pursue closer cooperation across political, security, economic, and human dimensions.’