The president of Uzbekistan Islam Karimov and a government delegation of the United States have met to discuss a wide range of political, economic and social issues of mutual interest, reported the Uzbek presidential press service on Tuesday. The delegation led by John Beyrle, Acting Assistant US Secretary of State and Social Adviser for the Newly Independent States, arrived in Tashkent for bilateral consultations. The delegation includes official representatives of the US Department of State, the Department of Defence and the Department of Finance. After the change of leadership in the White House this is the first official delegation of the new US Administration to visit Uzbekistan. The sides paid special attention to regional security and, in particular, to issues connected with the Afghan crisis, noting that it was necessary to step up the activity of the "6+2" group. "The visit is another confirmation of the growing interest in Uzbekistan displayed by the USA," said Islam Karimov in a conversation with his guests. "Uzbekistan is also for fruitful cooperation with the United States," he noted.
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