Pompeo praises US-Kazakhstan strategic partnership

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"It's a flawless message about press freedoms".

"The protection of basic human rights defines the soul of a nation", he said, thanking Kazakhstan for taking in those fleeing persecution. Currently, total USA investment in Uzbekistan is over $ 1 billion. The brouhaha back in Washington between Pompeo and NPR brought heightened attention to the issue on his trip and his comments slipped from standard US press freedom talking points into a defense of State's barring of an NPR reporter from the trip in a fashion more common to Central Asian politicians.

The forum aims to enhance regional, economic, environmental and security cooperation.

"We fully support Kazakhstan's freedom to choose to do business with whichever country it wants, but I am confident that countries get the best outcomes when they partner with American companies, " he said.

Both foreign affairs chiefs agreed that they still need to find solutions to issues that they have disagreed upon in the past.

Pompeo's visit to the Central Asian country of 33 million will see him hold talks Monday with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who has embarked on ambitious reforms, welcoming tourism and investment in the once-isolated republic while keeping the authoritarian system intact.

Hawa Alam Nuristani, head of the Afghan Electoral Commission, leaves after a press conference in the office of the Independent Election Commission in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Sunday, December 22, 2019.

The United States and Uzbekistan share a common stance on security in the region.

The United States and Uzbekistan have a common stance on security in the region.

"I have and will continue to commend the Kazakhstani government for its leadership in repatriating foreign terrorists fighters and their families from Iraq and Syria", he said.

While traveling in Central Asia over the weekend, the top USA diplomat faced questions from a local reporter about whether he retaliated against the radio network after being pressed by one of its reporters on his treatment of the former US ambassador to Ukraine - and what message doing so sends to repressive governments.

"In the event that the situation deteriorates further, the ability of the U.S. Embassy and Consulates to provide assistance to U.S. nationals within China may be limited", it says.

"There is significant potential for cooperation in IT and other knowledge-intensive industries", Tleuberdi said.

Answering a reporter's question whether Central Asian countries should be "concerned about Chinese investment, Chinese influence, particularly 5G within Huawei, and 5G networks", Pompeo said American companies investing in Uzbekistan are creating wealth, Opportunities and jobs for Uzbeks, comply with local laws, do not pollute the environment and support the sovereignty of Uzbekistan.

"We might be bringing citizens home from other countries as well", Pompeo added.

Kamilov replied that Uzbekistan's policy was to maintain good relations with countries in the region.

"We welcome the steps you have taken to transit power".

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