United States Hosts the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

For the first time, the United States will be holding its flagship international business event, the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum, in Uzbekistan. The event, organized by the U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID) and co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Government of Uzbekistan, will be held on October 17-18, 2018 ...
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United States Supports Contest for Best Grapes in Uzbekistan at Annual Grape Festival

The United States Government and the Ministry of Agriculture of Uzbekistan held a contest for the best varieties of grapes at a Tashkent State Agrarian University (TSAU) Grape Festival on September 12, 2018. This annual event, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), brings grape growers from across Uzbekistan to showcase the best ...
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Presidential Proclamation on National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, 2018

Issued on: September 7, 2018 During the National Days of Prayer and Remembrance, we pause to honor the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent people who were murdered by radical Islamist terrorists in the brutal attacks of September 11, 2001. We come together to pray for those whose lives were forever changed by the loss of a loved one. We ...
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United States Recognizes Best Media Coverage of Tuberculosis at an Event on the Role of Media in Raising Public Awareness Around the Disease

At a roundtable discussion on the role of media in raising public awareness around tuberculosis (TB), the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) gave awards for “Best Media Coverage of Tuberculosis” in Uzbekistan. Awards were given for coverage in print, Internet, TV and radio categories in addition to a special award for the best material ...
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Cultural Preservation Training

The State Museum of National History of Uzbekistan in partnership with the Oriental Institute – University of Chicago with the support of the United States Department of State are currently hosting a two-week intensive workshop for artefact conservators from Central Asia. The Director of the State Museum, Jannat Ismailova and the Deputy Director Atabek Aripjanov ...
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The USARCENT and the Uzbekistan Army Participates in a Mountain Warfare Exchange

The United States Army Central (USARCENT) and the Uzbekistan Army participated in a Mountain Warfare Exchange, held in Forish, Uzbekistan at the end of August. Over this five-day event, six instructors from the U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center and fourteen Uzbekistan army personnel shared processes and procedures related to operating in a mountainous environment ...
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Uzbekistan Independence Day

Press Statement Michael R. Pompeo  Secretary of State Washington, DC August 31, 2018 On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I warmly congratulate the people of Uzbekistan as you celebrate 27 years of independence on September 1st. Over the past 27 years, the United States and Uzbekistan have partnered to promote regional stability in Central ...
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Alumni English Project: Round Five

Dear Friends, We already have 100 people registered for Language in Use and TOEFLiBT placement tests. Registration for the courses is closed. Registered applicants will be contacted via e-mail by Tuesday, September 4, 2018. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth round of the “Alumni English” project. U.S. Exchange Alumni will ...
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United States Support Uzbekistan in Adoption of Clean Energy

The United States Government, in partnership with the Government of Uzbekistan, today launched a program that is helping Central Asian countries accelerate the adoption of clean, efficient, cost effective renewable energy. The Power the Future (PtF) program, supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), provides assistance to national governments and coordinates closely with ...
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American Hip Hop Stars to Perform at Turkiston Open Air Stage

To promote cultural relations between the people of the United States and Uzbekistan, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent has brought the cl Hip Hop group to Tashkent.   They will be performing at the Turkiston Open Air Stage 16 August 19:00. No more tickets are left! The Next Level Hip Hop Concert will also feature performances ...
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United States Launches Intensive Orchard In Tashkent Region

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture today launched a demonstration apple orchard at the Ministry’s Agroinnovation Center. The U.S. Charge d’Affairs ad interim in Uzbekistan Lesslie Viguerie joined Uzbek Ministry of Agriculture Head of Investments and Monitoring Department Abdumalik Namazov at the ...
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Dr. Lourdes Norman-McKay will be hosting 4 webinars in August

All events will be hosted from 4-5 PM in person AND on Facebook Live, below are the topics ( JPG 1.95 MB ): Are you a primary or secondary level educator who is interested in developing growth mindset in young students? Sign up for our session on August 9th: Fostering Growth Mindset in Young Students. Registration closes August ...
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Remarks on “America’s Indo-Pacific Economic Vision”

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Indo-Pacific Business Forum U.S. Chamber of Commerce Washington, DC July 30, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone. It’s great to be with you. Thank you, Tom, for the kind introduction. Thanks to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for having me here and hosting this important Indo-Pacific Business Forum as well. ...
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Remarks at the Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Loy Henderson Auditorium Washington, DC July 26, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good morning, everyone, and thank you all for being here. It’s an honor for the State Department to host the first-ever Ministerial to Advance Religious Freedom. This event truly reflects President Trump’s ironclad commitment to protecting this important liberty. I ...
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Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo At the Close of the Ministerial Advancing Religious Freedom

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Dean Acheson Auditorium Washington, DC July 26, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Good afternoon, everyone. Since the earliest days of his presidency, President Trump has directed his administration to advance and defend the rights of religious freedom at home and abroad, because religious freedom is a universal God-given right to which all ...
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Remarks by Vice President Pence at Ministerial To Advance Religious Freedom

Remarks Harry S. Truman Building Washington, D.C. 10:17 A.M. EDT Thank you, Secretary Pompeo.  To the Secretary, to Ambassador Brownback, to Administrator Green, Director Mulvaney, to the representatives of more than 80 nations gathered here, and especially to the survivors of religious persecution who honor us by their presence here today: It is my great honor ...
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United States Helps Uzbek Horticultural Processor Grow Its Business

The United States Government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has been assisting Uzbek horticultural processors grow their domestic and international business. This includes linking Uzbek companies with U.S. suppliers of the latest plant material and machinery, and introducing these companies to new international markets where they can expand their exports. Acting Deputy ...
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C5+1 FACT SHEET: Central Asian-U.S. Forum to Enhance Regional Economic, Environmental, and Security Cooperation

On July 23, U.S. Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Central Asia Henry Ensher led the U.S. delegation to the C5 + 1 Security Working Group in Tashkent. This one-day event, opened by Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov and the Tajik Ministry of Foreign Affairs Head of the Department of European and American Countries ...
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Supporting Iranian Voices

Remarks Michael R. Pompeo Secretary of State Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Library Simi Valley, CA July 22, 2018 SECRETARY POMPEO: Thank you all. Thank you. Thank you very much. Well, thank you, Fred, for that kind introduction. It reminded me when I was going through my confirmation process they were chasing down all the people ...
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PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS PROTECTING OUR ELECTIONS AND STANDING UP TO RUSSIA’S MALIGN ACTIVITIES

July 17, 2018 PROTECTING AMERICAN ELECTIONS: President Donald J. Trump and his Administration are defending the integrity of our election system. · From the beginning of his Administration, President Trump has taken action to defend our election system from meddling and interference. · In May 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order to strengthen and ...
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Seven Uzbek Professionals Are Heading to the United States

The United States Ambassador in Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen, bid farewell today, July 13, to seven Uzbek professionals as they depart to study in the United States with U.S. government  Fulbright Foreign StudentFulbright Visiting Scholar  and  Humphrey Fellowship  grants. These professionals were chosen from hundreds of applications received each year. The participants and their placements are as follows: Kallibek Kazbekov will be ...
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Technovation Uzbekistan Project Among AEIF Competition Winners

Technovation Uzbekistan, a project designed by a team of U.S. exchange program alumnae from Uzbekistan, has become one of the 70 winners of the United States Department of State 2018 Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund (AEIF) competition. Chosen out of 1,300 entries, the Technovation Uzbekistan Project aims to address the country’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and ...
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2018 Trafficking in Persons Report: Uzbekistan

OFFICE TO MONITOR AND COMBAT TRAFFICKING IN PERSONS 2018 Trafficking in Persons Report Tier 2 Watch List UZBEKISTAN: Tier 2 Watch List The Government of Uzbekistan does not fully meet the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking; however, it is making significant efforts to do so. The government made key achievements during the reporting period; therefore Uzbekistan was upgraded ...
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The United States, Uzbekistan, and Kazakhstan Share Expertise to Strengthen Tuberculosis Testing in Central Asia

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, July 5, 2018 –Tuberculosis (TB) laboratory experts from Uzbekistan returned today from a U.S.-sponsored study tour of Kazakhstan’s National Center for Tuberculosis and Pulmonology and regional TB laboratories in Almaty and Astana, where they met with Kazakhstani counterparts and shared information on TB testing and laboratory management. The United States is committed to ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Independence Day Remarks

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Remarks for Independence Day “A New Era of Cooperation” Friday, June 29, 2018 19:00   Assalomu aleykum, dobre vecher, good evening, ladies and gentlemen, honored guests from all parts of Uzbekistan’s government and society, members of the diplomatic corps, distinguished colleagues, and friends: I thank you all for joining us on ...
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2017 Report on International Religious Freedom

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR Uzbekistan Report May 29, 2018 Executive Summary The constitution provides for freedom of religion or belief and separation of government and religion. Constitutional rights may not encroach on lawful interests, rights, and freedoms of other citizens, the state, or society. The law allows for restricting religious activities when necessary ...
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USAID and Ministry of Justice Sign Memorandum of Understanding to Improve Citizen Access to Justice

June 8, 2018, Tashkent – To expand cooperation between the United States and Uzbekistan and improve the rule of law, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Javier Piedra and Minister of Justice Ruslan Davletov signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support Uzbekistan’s judicial reform process.  The MOU will allow the United States and Uzbekistan to ...
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Statement by Secretary Pompeo

LGBTI Pride Month Press Statement Mike Pompeo Secretary of State Washington, DC June 1, 2018 The United States joins people around the world in celebrating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Intersex (LGBTI) Pride Month, and reaffirms its commitment to protecting and defending the human rights of all, including LGBTI persons. In many parts of the world, LGBTI ...
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U.S.-supported Conference Promotes Science and Technology to End Tuberculosis in Uzbekistan

A national conference devoted to the use of science and technology in the fight against tuberculosis (TB) kicked off in Tashkent today with specialized seminars for healthcare providers and laboratory specialists. The three-day conference continues in Karshi, Kashkadarya Region with additional seminars and sessions led by prominent TB experts from around the world.  This conference ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The Embassy of the United States of America expresses its deepest condolences over the passing of Vasila Inoyatova.  Ms. Inoyatova was a trailblazing advocate of human rights in Uzbekistan.  She overcame numerous obstacles to register her non-governmental organization, Ezgulik, as the only officially recognized independent association dedicated to the protection of human rights in Uzbekistan. ...
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Landmark U.S.-Uzbekistan Agreements Signed on Education and Culture

During the official working visit to the United States of President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, South and Central Asian Affairs Senior Bureau Official Alice Wells and Uzbekistan Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov signed two agreements today between the governments of the United States and Uzbekistan. The first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) recognizes the launch of a ...
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The United States and Uzbekistan: Launching a New Era of Strategic Partnership

FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: May 16, 2018 The United States and Uzbekistan: Launching a New Era of Strategic Partnership President Donald J. Trump hosted President Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan today, marking President Mirziyoyev’s historic first visit to the White House and ushering in a new era of strategic partnership between the United States and Uzbekistan. During the ...
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Remarks by President Trump and President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan Before Bilateral Meeting

REMARKS FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: May 16, 2018 Oval Office 11:54 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT TRUMP:  Thank you very much.  It’s a great honor to have the President of Uzbekistan with us.  He’s a highly respected man in his country and throughout.  We’ve been working very closely together on different things, including trade.  They’ve actually made investments ...
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Presidential Message on Ramadan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 15, 2018 With the rising of tonight’s moon, I send my greetings and best wishes to all Muslims observing Ramadan in the United States and around the world. During the holy month of Ramadan, Muslims commemorate the revelation of the Quran to the prophet Muhammad through ...
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United States Supports Uzbekistan in WTO Accession Process

The U.S. Agency for International Development and the World Bank Group, in consultation with the Ministry of Foreign Trade, is conducting a workshop in Tashkent this week on “The Resumption of the World Trade Organization (WTO) Accession Process of Uzbekistan” to help educate government officials and stakeholders about the WTO process and its potential implications ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Bobomurad Abdullaev

The United States welcomes the release on May 7 of journalist Bobomurad Abdullaev, ending a seven-month legal fight.  We applaud court officials for a trial that was substantially open and transparent and complied with Uzbekistan’s judicial procedures.  The court’s decision also noted “numerous procedural violations” on the part of case investigators.  The United States urges ...
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Statement from the Press Secretary on the Visit of President Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2018 President Donald J. Trump will welcome President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan for his historic first visit to the White House on May 16, 2018. President Trump and President Mirziyoyev will renew the United States–Uzbekistan bilateral strategic partnership, in order to pursue ...
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2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Uzbekistan

BUREAU OF DEMOCRACY, HUMAN RIGHTS, AND LABOR 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices   Report April 20, 2018   EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Uzbekistan is a constitutional republic with a political system dominated by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev and his supporters. On December 4, 2016, former prime minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev won the presidential elections with 88 percent of the vote. The Organization for Security ...
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Statement From the President on the Confirmation of Mike Pompeo as Secretary of State

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release April 26, 2018   I am pleased with the Senate’s confirmation of Mike Pompeo to serve as our country’s top diplomat. Having a patriot of Mike’s immense talent, energy, and intellect leading the Department of State will be an incredible asset for our country ...
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On Taliban Announcement of Spring Offensive

Press Statement John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Washington, DC April 25, 2018 We have seen the Taliban’s announcement of their spring offensive. The announcement affirms the Taliban’s responsibility for the insecurity that destroys the lives of thousands of Afghans each year. President Ghani recently extended an historic invitation for the Taliban to join a peace ...
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U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) delivers FBI Post-Blast Investigations training at the General Prosecutor’s Office Training Academy

Four Special Agents and Explosives Experts from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation delivered a one-week training course on Post-Blast Investigations at the General Prosecutor’s Office Training Academy in Tashkent. A portion of the training involved a hands-on investigation with a practical exercise at the Ministry of Internal Affairs range.  The course focuses on ...
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Remarks on the Release of the 2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

Remarks John J. Sullivan Acting Secretary of State Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Press Briefing Room Washington, DC April 20, 2018 MS NAUERT: Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you so much for coming, especially on a Friday. Today the State Department released the  2017 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices . Promoting freedom – promoting and defending human rights and fundamental freedoms are central to who ...
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Statement from the President on the Passing of Former First Lady Barbara Bush

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 17, 2017 President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump join the Nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush. As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family. Amongst her ...
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Where does Central Asia fit in U.S. foreign policy priorities?

In an exclusive interview with Voice of America’s Uzbek Service , Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon says that peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan are crucial for the future of South and Central Asia. As the US representative to the recent Tashkent conference on the future of Afghanistan, Shannon argues that governments in the region well understand this. The ...
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United States and Uzbekistan Establish Center for Innovative Distance Training and Monitoring

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health and the Republican Scientific and Practical Medical Center of Tuberculosis and Pulmonology, officially launched the Center for Innovative Distance Training and Monitoring in Tashkent and its regional satellite office in Bukhara. Established with support from USAID, the Center for ...
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USAID Spurs Trade Connectivity between Asia and Baltic Nations

To spur trade connectivity between the Central Asian and Baltic markets, the United States Agency for International Development is conducting a horticulture trade mission and study tour to Latvia and Lithuania during the week of April 9-14, 2018. The visit began with an opening ceremony on April 9, in Riga, Latvia. The 50-member delegation of ...
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Project HOPE and Merck Sharp & Dohme Deliver Cancer Medicine to Uzbekistan

April 10, 2018 United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela L. Spratlen today announced the arrival from the U.S. to Uzbekistan of a humanitarian shipment of the cancer medication Temodar, which is used to treat brain tumors in adults.  The medicine, valued at $2.9 million, was donated by Merck Sharp & Dohme, a U.S. pharmaceutical company ...
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Remarks at the Tashkent Conference on Afghanistan: Peace Process, Security Cooperation, and Regional Connectivity

Remarks Thomas A. Shannon, Jr. Under Secretary for Political Affairs  Tashkent, Uzbekistan March 27, 2018 Distinguished Colleagues, On behalf of President Trump and the American people, I want to thank President Mirziyoyev and the Government of Uzbekistan and President Ghani and the Government of Afghanistan for bringing us together to reaffirm our support for peace and ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Release Six Individuals

The United States congratulates the government of Uzbekistan for releasing half a dozen prisoners of significant concern including journalist Gayrat Mikhliboev and activists Yuldash Rasulov, Chuyan Mamatkulov, Kudrat Rasulov as well as sisters Mehrinisso and Zulhumor Hamdanova. The United States welcomes the government of Uzbekistan’s actions to address human rights and re-invigorate civil society with ...
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U.S. Government Helps Commemorate World Tuberculosis Day

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, March 24, 2018 – To call attention to the impact tuberculosis (TB) has on public health in Uzbekistan, representatives from the United States Embassy were at an event today to commemorate World TB Day. Held around the world every year on March 24, the anniversary of Robert Koch’s discovery of the tuberculosis pathogen ...
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Passport fee increase effective April 2, 2018

Dear U.S. Citizens, Important notice:  Effective April 2, 2018, the passport execution fee will increase from $25 to $35 for U.S. passport applicants using the DS-11 form, including first-time applicants over age 16, children under age 16, and applicants who reapply after reporting their previous passport lost or stolen.  Accordingly, the total passport fee for ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Gaybullo Jalilov

The United States welcomes the release of civil society activist Gaybullo Jalilov. Jalilov, who was sentenced in 2009 on security related charges and for membership in an unregistered religious organization, always maintained his innocence. In 2013, the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest and Detention called for Jalilov’s release. The United States is encouraged ...
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U.S. Secret Service and General Prosecutor’s Office to cooperate on fighting Transnational Financial Crimes

The United States Secret Service signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Combatting Transnational Financial Crimes with the Department for Combatting Tax, Currency Crimes and Legalization of the Criminal Proceeds of the General Prosecutor’s Office of the Republic of Uzbekistan.  Secret Service Resident Agent in Charge Denise Feudner, and Akmalkhuja Mavlonov, Head of the Department on ...
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Annual Observance of International Women’s Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson  Secretary of State Washington, DC March 8, 2018 As we commemorate International Women’s Day on March 8th, the United States renews our steadfast commitment to addressing inequalities between women and men at home and abroad and reaffirms the importance of advancing the status of women and girls globally. We will continue to ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on Recent Releases of Prisoners of Conscience

The U.S. Embassy welcomes the recent releases of long-held prisoners of conscience Muhammad Bejanov, Isroljon Holdarov and Yusuf Ruzimurodov, who are free thanks to important government policy shifts in #Uzbekistan. We wish all the recently-freed prisoners full justice, restored health and renewed vigor. We urge the government to continue the releases and once free, we ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates Women’s History Month with Women’s Film Festival

To kick off Women’s History Month and to recognize International Women’s Day, U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and Director of Mega Trade Communication Mikhail Davidkin will open the American Women’s Film Festival at the NEXT Mall Cinema in Tashkent on March 1 at 18:00. The public and the media are invited to attend. The American Women’s ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Film Festival Opening Remarks

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Film Festival Opening Remarks American Women’s History Month Thursday, March 1, 2018 6:00 pm, NEXT Cinema, Babur Str (As Prepared) Good evening, assalomu aleykum. Thank you for coming out tonight for this screening of Hidden Figures to kick off the U.S. Embassy’s American Women’s Film Festival.  I also wish to thank ...
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American Film Festival Dedicated to Women’s History Month

The U.S. Embassy/Tashkent, in cooperation with Next Cinema invites YOU to the American Film Festival dedicated to Women’s History Month from March 1-8, 2018 at the NEXT Mall Cinema.   March is Women’s History Month in the United States, and International Women’s Day is the 8th of March.  In celebration, the U.S. Embassy is offering a ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks for Handheld Radiation Detector Donation Event

Tashkent, Uzbekistan February 23, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. (As Prepared) Good morning! Ассалому Алейкум! Доброе Утро! It is an honor to be here today with the State Customs Committee of Uzbekistan to celebrate another milestone in the area of international nuclear security between our two countries. I’d first like to thank Mr. Jasur Alimovich, the ...
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U.S. Donation to Customs Committee Strengthens Ability to Counter Shared-Threats

On February 23, U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and the First Deputy Chairman of the Uzbek State Customs Committee Jasur Alimovich Aripov participated in a handover ceremony for 230 handheld radiation detectors.  This transfer was made possible by a Memorandum of Understanding signed on August 1, 2017 between the United States and Uzbekistan. Cooperation between the ...
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Everest International MUN Conference

Are you a graduate or undergraduate student at a higher educational institution in Uzbekistan? Would you like to know what it’s like to be a UN delegate and participate in a simulated UN session? If yes, don’t miss your chance to participate in the fifth Everest International Model UN (EIMUN) Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal on ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen at Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute

Tashkent Pediatric Medical Institute (TPMI) Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Tuesday, February 13, 2018 1:30 pm (As Prepared) Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, assalomu aleykum. Thank you Rector Daminov for inviting us here today.  I am so pleased to be here among distinguished company, including Rector Daminov and the Vice Rectors, and our good ...
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U.S. Embassy Tashkent hosts the 2018 National Spelling Bee

On February 7, U.S. Embassy Tashkent hosted the 2018 National Spelling Bee. Twenty-five finalists from 15 Universities around Uzbekistan came to Tashkent to compete in the final contest at the National library. After 24 competitive rounds, the winner of this English language competition was Uzbekistan State World Languages University student Ozodjon Khidirov. Congratulations to Ozodjon ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Welcome Remarks at the Tashkent State University of Law

February 8, 2018 Tashkent State University of Law (As Prepared) Good morning.  Доброе утро.  Assalamu aleikum. Rector Kanyazov, Judge Fogel, honored guests:  I am here for three reasons today:  to thank the rector, to support U.S. assistance in Uzbekistan’s judicial sector and to introduce Judge Jeremy Fogel. First, I would like to thank Rector Kanyazov ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Dilmurod Saidov

The United States welcomes the release of journalist and activist Dilmurod Saidov, who was sentenced in 2009 for 12 years for bribery and other criminal charges.  He always insisted on his innocence.  We congratulate President Mirziyoyev for releasing dozens of prisoners of conscience since assuming the presidency in September 2016.  He also has taken important ...
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Almaty Mini Maker Fair 2018

Do you enjoy technology and programming? Are you an aspiring entrepreneur, inventor, or engineer? We are excited to announce that the Mini Maker Fair will be held this year on April 14 in Almaty! The first Maker Faire was held in California in 2006, and since then these technology and innovation festivals have taken place ...
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United States Donates Rapid TB Detection Equipment to Uzbekistan

The United States announced today that it will be providing the Uzbekistan Ministry of Health with state of the art medical equipment for the rapid diagnosis of Tuberculosis (TB).  The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Central Asia Deputy Regional Mission Director Sara Walter and World Health Organization (WHO) Representative in Uzbekistan Dr. Lianne Kuppens ...
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Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells Travels to the United Kingdom and Uzbekistan

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Alice Wells will travel to London and Tashkent, Uzbekistan from January 30 – February 2.  Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Wells will stop in London on January 30 to discuss regional issues at the International Institute of Strategic Studies, as well as meet with UK government officials and international media at the ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Welcome Remarks at Justice Reform Roundtable

MPR, January 26, 2018, 1500 (As Prepared) Good afternoon!  Добрый день!  Assalamu aleikum.  I want to extend my sincerest thanks to all of you for coming today. Every year on January 15, Americans celebrate the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr., an influential American civil rights leader.  On justice, Dr. King once said, “Every step ...
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USAID Supports World Trade Organization (WTO) Accession Process in Uzbekistan

Recent statements by Uzbek officials have indicated a renewed interest in joining the World Trade Organization (WTO), the intergovernmental body responsible for regulating international trade and ensuring the smooth flow of trade across borders. To increase knowledge and understanding of the WTO accession process and its potential implications for Uzbekistan, the U.S. Agency for International ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan: President Mirziyoyev Wants to be Seen as a Reformer

WASHINGTON — As she starts her final year as the US Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen talks to Navbahor Imamova, Voice of America Uzbek Service, about how she sees the new leader and current dynamics in this country. Navbahor Imamova, VOA Uzbek: Ambassador Spratlen, it’s wonderful to have you in Washington. We like it when you visit ...
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Message to U.S. Citizens: Improvements to Safety and Security Information

On Wednesday, January 10, 2018, the Department of State will make changes to our safety and security information to make it easier to find, understand, and use. Travel Advisories will replace Travel Warnings and Travel Alerts.  Every country will have a Travel Advisory, which will provide one of four standard levels of advice.  The Travel ...
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OneBeat 2018

Now in its seventh year, OneBeat is cultivating a groundbreaking international network of leading artistic, technological, and social innovators in music. An initiative of the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs in collaboration with the groundbreaking New York-based music organization Bang on a Can’s Found Sound Nation, OneBeat employs collaborative original music ...
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2018 Spelling Bee Contest

We are very excited to announce the start of registration for the “2018 Spelling Bee Contest”! Are you an undergraduate student 18-23 years old? Are you good at Spelling? Do you want to challenge yourself in an awesome spelling competition? If you answered ”yes” to these questions, follow one of the links below, and register. The ...
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USAID’s Reintegration for Trafficking Survivors Project Successfully Closes Out with a Conference on Human Trafficking in Tashkent

December 19, 2017 – U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen, provided opening remarks today at a conference to mark the successful conclusion of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Reintegration for Trafficking Survivors Project, implemented by the non-governmental organization Istiqbolli Avlod. The two-day conference on “Combating Human Trafficking – Best Practices on Reintegration” brings ...
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Readout of President Donald J. Trump’s Call with of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan

FOREIGN POLICY Issued on: December 19, 2017 President Donald J. Trump spoke today with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan to discuss regional security and to explore opportunities for improved cooperation. President Trump and President Mirziyoyev discussed Uzbekistan’s role in Central Asia, including its support for President Trump’s South Asia strategy and United States efforts in Afghanistan. President ...
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President Trump’s National Security Strategy

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 18, 2017 The United States faces a 21st century global environment that presents unconventional threats from non-state actors, as well as challenges to our economic and national security from traditional state actors. Whether the threats are rogue nations seeking nuclear weapons, terrorists plotting to attack our ...
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USAID Supports International Collaboration For Sustainable Water and Land Resources Management in Central Asia

On 11-13 December, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the Academy of Sciences and Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan and development partners convened a three-day international workshop on “Innovations in Marginal Water Resource for Resilient Agriculture and Food Security.” The main purpose of this workshop was to ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on International Human Rights Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC December 10, 2017 Sixty-nine years ago today, in the aftermath of World War II, the UN General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to recognize and elevate the inherent dignity and equal and inalienable rights of all individuals, and that these rights are the foundation ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform American citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on December 6, 2017. The full text can be found at   https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  https://step.state.gov/step ...
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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Personal Security Reminder

Dear U.S. Citizens, The recent announcement that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem may spark protests, some of which have the potential to become violent. U.S. Embassy Tashkent reminds U.S. citizens of the need for caution and awareness of personal ...
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U.S. Embassy and National Library English Courses

We are very excited to announce the opening of registration for new “U.S. Embassy and National Library English Courses”! Two 3 month English language courses will be offered for people 15 years and older. If your English proficiency level is elementary, enroll in an “English in use” course by following this link:   https://goo.gl/forms/6eF2TL9ocdpyv8fo1 . This ...
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US Embassy Statement on the Death of Murod Juraev

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent extends our deepest condolences to the family, friends and associates of former parliamentarian and long-time prisoner of conscience, Murod Juraev. He passed away on December 4 at his home in Mubarek, Uzbekistan. Murod Juraev was released from prison in November 2015 after serving 21 years, including four extensions of his ...
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Lisa Curtis Meets with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev

Deputy Assistant to the President and Senior Director for South and Central Asia Lisa Curtis met with President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in Tashkent on November 9, where they discussed the new South Asia strategy and bilateral cooperation.  DAP Curtis encouraged Uzbekistan’s recent progress on economic reform, fair labor practices, and improved regional relations.   They discussed the ...
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International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC November 2, 2017 Around the world, journalists work often at great personal risk to report on issues that impact the lives of individuals in all societies. They shine a light on abuses and corruption, expose threats posed by transnational criminal organizations, and counter disinformation and propaganda that spread false ...
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On the Terror Attack in New York City

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 31, 2017 The State Department is closely monitoring the situation. We are referring all questions about the investigation to the FBI and the New York Police Department. We extend our condolences to the families of the victims and our prayers for recovery to those affected by this terrible ...
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Terrorist Attacks in Afghanistan

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2017 The United States strongly condemns the October 20 terrorist attacks in Kabul and Ghor, as well as the other attacks carried out across the country this week. We commend the Government and security forces of Afghanistan for their response to these attacks, and we offer our ...
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Multimedia Equipment Delivered to the Fergana Valley Civil Courts

On October 13, the Rule of Law Partnership in Uzbekistan presented 15 inter-district civil courts of the Fergana Valley with modern computer equipment that will help connect the courts to the E-SUD national electronic case management system Deputy Chairperson of the Supreme Court of the Republic of Uzbekistan and Chairperson of the Collegium on civil ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Ganikhon Mamatkhanov

October 16, 2017 The United States applauds the release of Ganikhon Mamatkhanov.  This latest release follows the recent releases of several other prisoners of conscience, and is an additional positive step that demonstrates the Government of Uzbekistan’s commitment to upholding international human rights standards.  Incarcerated since 2006,  Mamatkhanov worked to defend the rights of farmers ...
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Daniel Pearl World Music Days: Three Generations, Two Cultures, One Humanity

On October 13, the United States Embassy in Tashkent joined the 15th annual worldwide Daniel Pearl World Music Days with a gala concert at the Old U.S. Embassy Chancery in Chilanzar.  About 500 guests attended the concert, which featured legendary artists Farrukh Zakirov and Yalla, Shahzoda, and DJ Piligrim, as well as up-and-coming artists IWALF ...
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New Entry Period for Diversity Visa Program DV-2019

Due to technical issues, the registration period for DV-2019 is being restarted, and all entries made prior to October 18, 2017, will need to be resubmitted for the entrant to be considered. We regret the inconvenience to Diversity Visa entrants. In order to ensure fairness and protect the integrity of the process for all those ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks with Students on the Role of IT in Today’s World

Tashkent University of Information Technology Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 2:30 pm (As Prepared) Good morning! Assolom Aleykum.  I’d like to thank Rector Zakirovich for the opportunity to speak with you today. Earlier during our meeting, I learned more about your university.  I was pleased to hear about your academic programs and the history of your ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Agzam Turgunov

October 7, 2017 The United States welcomes the ongoing releases of long-held prisoners of conscience.  Today, we note the release of civil society leader Agzam Turgunov, who has been in prison since 2008.  This represents the third release in less than a week, an important concrete step that again puts into action President Mirziyoyev’s intentions ...
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“Teaching Grammar Communicatively” Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

If you are registered for this free online course, come join us for a series of facilitated discussions which will be held at the U.S. Embassy at 17:15 on October 20 and October 27. In order to participate in the facilitated discussions led by Public Affairs staff, please send the following information to Tashkent-Program@state.gov by 2:00 ...
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Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy

University of World Economy and Diplomacy Remarks of Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Wednesday, October 6, 2017 Time 11:00 a.m., Tashkent (As Prepared) Good day ladies and gentlemen, assalomu aleykum. I’m pleased to be here among distinguished company at the University of World Economy and Diplomacy.  Thank you, Dr. Abdumalik Djumanov, for arranging this talk. As ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Salijon Abdurakhmanov

October 4, 2017 The United States applauds the release of journalist Salijon Abdurakhmanov. This is the second release of a long-held prisoner of conscience in Uzbekistan in as many days, following the release yesterday of human rights defender Azam Farmonov. Mr. Abdurakhmanov has been imprisoned since 2008. The United States and international human rights groups ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the Release of Azam Farmonov

October 3, 2017 The United States welcomes the release of human rights defender Azam Farmonov.  The news follows the release of Muhammad Bekjanov, Murod Juraev, Erkin Musaev, Jamshid Karimov, and other long-held prisoners of conscience.  We applaud these positive steps and hope they signal future releases and a more open approach to civil society.  Multiple ...
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2019 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The U.S. Department of State has announced that online registration for the 2019 Diversity Visa Program (also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery) will be open to the public from October 3, 2017, until November 7, 2017. Each year, the U.S. government makes 50,000 permanent residence visas available through the Diversity ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Meets With Doctors and Nurses at Kashkadarya Regional Tuberculosis Hospital in Kitab District

Kitab District, Kashkadarya Region, Uzbekistan – The United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela L. Spratlen, today toured Kashkadarya Regional Tuberculosis (TB) Hospital in Kitab District, Kashkadarya, Uzbekistan. This is the second time Ambassador Spratlen’s has visited a TB healthcare facility in this region in the last six months. She was last here on March 24 ...
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2016 Findings on the Worst Forms of Child Labor: Uzbekistan

Bureau Of International Labor Affairs Child Labor and Forced Labor Reports Uzbekistan No Advancement – Efforts Made But Complicit in Forced Child Labor In 2016, Uzbekistan made efforts to eliminate the worst forms of child labor, but was also complicit in the use of forced child labor. The Government expanded the monitoring activities of both the ILO-led Third Party Monitoring ...
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Alumni English Project: Round Four

Dear Friends, We already have 100 people registered for Language in Use and TOEFLiBT placement tests. Registration for the courses is closed. The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to announce the launch of the fourth round of the “Alumni English” project. U.S. Exchange Alumni will conduct two different English language courses three times a week, each class ...
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U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen’s Interview to Jahon IA

Ms. Ambassador, our conversation is taking place on the eve of celebration of the anniversary of Uzbekistan’s independence. Tell us, please, with what feelings and emotional experiences do you associate this day? I would note that Uzbekistan has come a long way since independence.  Changes underway now signal a better future in many areas from ...
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USAID Hosts the Seventh Annual Central Asia Trade Forum “Future Growth: Trade, Transport & Horticulture”

Almaty, Kazakhstan, August 29, 2017 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID Competitiveness, Trade, and Jobs Activity in Central Asia) will host one of the region’s major international business events, the Seventh Annual Central Asia Trade Forum, Future Growth: Trade, Transport & Horticulture, at the Rixos Almaty Hotel, Kazakhstan, on October 18-19, 2017. Over ...
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Gina Chavez to perform at Sharq Taronalari

In honor of the 2017 Sharq Taronalari, The Embassy of the United States in Tashkent is inviting popular, American group “The Gina Chavez Band” as its official entry in this international music festival.  During their visit to Uzbekistan, this American band will have the opportunity to play multiple concerts in the historic city center of ...
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Ambassador Michael Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor On the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

Special Briefing Ambassador Michael Kozak, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Via Teleconference August 15, 2017   MS NAUERT: Well, welcome to our call today with Ambassador Mike Kozak of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor. Ambassador Kozak will talk about the 2016 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom, which Secretary Tillerson released about ...
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International Religious Freedom Report for 2016

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Uzbekistan Executive Summary The constitution provides for separation of religion and state. It guarantees freedom of conscience and states everyone has the right to profess or not to profess any religion. The law provides for freedom of worship and freedom from religious persecution, but provides for restricting religious activities ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The U.S. Embassy is deeply saddened by the shocking violence in Charlottesville, Virginia on August 12, 2017 that left one person dead and 19 injured. Two members of the law enforcement community died while responding to the events. We offer sympathy to the victims and join leaders and powerful voices across our country in condemning ...
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U.S.-Uzbekistan Cooperation: Signing of the Memorandum of Understanding in the Security Sphere

On August 1, U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and Deputy Chairman of the Uzbekistan State Customs Committee Bakhtiyor Raimov met in Tashkent to discuss bilateral cooperation focused on preventing the illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive materials. The principals signed a memorandum of understanding that will facilitate the U. S. Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security ...
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Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Camp at the U.S. Embassy

Do you find yourself juggling time-sensitive tasks and busy teaching schedules? Would you like to finally develop a personal organization system that interacts with your day-by-day practices? We are pleased to offer a series of facilitated discussions built around an online course “Get Organized: How to be a Together Teacher” on Coursera in August-September, 2017. ...
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U.S. RC Cola enters Uzbekistan’s market

On August third U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen joined representatives from the Government of Uzbekistan, RC Cola International, and local partner the Family Group in celebrating the arrival of this American brand to Uzbekistan.  RC Cola has existed in the United States since 1905 and now has operations in over 55 countries. In her remarks, Ambassador ...
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USAID Helps Link Uzbek Farmers with the World

During the 2017 cherry season in Uzbekistan, USAID partnered with Uzbek cherry entrepreneurs to open new export markets in Europe and South Asia.  This year, 110 metric tons of sweet cherries worth $350,000 were sold to customers in London and Singapore. Uzbekistan now boasts an annual average 100,000 metric ton harvest, ranking fifth in the ...
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Partnering with Media Against Human Trafficking

Tashkent, July 28-29, 2017 – USAID organized a two-day seminar aimed at strengthening partnership with media to combat human trafficking. The USAID Reintegration for Trafficking Survivors Project was led by and international expert and organized by Istiqbolli Avlod.  The seminar welcomed media and NGO’s from around the country. The seminar was organized to encourage mass-media ...
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On the Latest DPRK Provocation

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC July 28, 2017 The United States strongly condemns North Korea’s launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile, the second this month, in blatant violation of multiple United Nations Security Council resolutions that reflect the will of the international community. All nations should take a strong public stance against ...
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C5+1 Meeting Held in Dushanbe

Dushanbe, Tajikistan, July 27, 2017 – On Wednesday, July 26, Tajikistan co-hosted a meeting of the C5+1 Security Working Group with representatives from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the United States at the National Library in Dushanbe. R. Carl Paschall, Deputy Coordinator for Operations Policy and Military Coordination of the State Department’s Bureau of Counterterrorism and Countering Violent ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Independence Day Remarks

June 30, 2017 Tashkent, Uzbekistan (As Delivered) Assalomu alaykum xonimlar va janoblar! Prime Minister Aripov, distinguished guests from the Government of Uzbekistan, colleagues from the Diplomatic Corps, and valued contacts representing: civil society, business, health, education, and the press –  Welcome – and thank you for joining the U.S. Embassy in this celebration of America’s ...
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Fly High With Starlifter

The U.S. Embassy Tashkent is pleased to announce that the United States Air Force Band, Starlifter, will visit Uzbekistan June 24-July 2, 2017.  Starlifter is a seven-piece group of talented musicians, which performs virtually every musical style, from Rock and Pop to Jazz and Country, to great contemporary and traditional songs. On June 29 at ...
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United States Condemns Attack Outside of London Mosque

Press Statement Heather Nauert Department Spokesperson Washington, DC June 19, 2017 The United States strongly condemns last night’s attack that appears to have targeted Muslim worshippers in London. We extend our sympathies to the families and community of the victims and our hopes for the quick recovery of those wounded. We commend the work of the first ...
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USAID and Uzpharmsanoat join forces to improve the quality of Tuberculosis medicines in Uzbekistan

On June 14, 2017,  Dr. Jatinder Cheema, Regional Mission Director, U.S. Agency for International Development/Central Asia and Dr. Mirzanazim Dusmuratov, Chairman of Board of the Uzbek State Joint Stock Pharmaceutical Company, Uzpharmsanoat, participated in a signing ceremony to formalize cooperation between Uzpharmsanoat and USAID on the implementation of the “Promoting the Quality of Medicines” Project in Uzbekistan. ...
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A Secure Vehicle Handover Ceremony at Uzbekistan’s Institute of Nuclear Physics

On June 9, 2017, representatives from the U.S. Embassy’s Export and Related Border Security Office (EXBS) and the United States Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration participated in a secure vehicle handover ceremony at Uzbekistan’s Institute of Nuclear Physics.  The ceremony marked the transfer of a new, specialized cargo vehicle to facilitate safe and ...
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U.S. Embassy Tashkent to Screen “Hidden Figures”

On June 23, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section will screen “Hidden Figures”, a 2016 drama film that was nominated for numerous awards, including three Academy Awards (Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress) and two Golden Globes. The film grossed $229 million worldwide. “Hidden Figures” tells the story of a team of ...
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Annual Uzbek Cherry Variety Contest

On June 8, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Project, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, held its annual Cherry Variety Contest at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Tashkent. USAID Uzbekistan Country Director, John Riordan delivered the opening remarks before an audience ...
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Uzbek Agriculture Students Match Wits at University Horticulture Bowl

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, held the finals of the Horticulture Knowledge Bowl at Tashkent State Agrarian University on June 2. For the past year, the Horticulture Knowledge Bowl, which was developed under USAID’s Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) program, has ...
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On the Terrorist Attack in Kabul, Afghanistan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 31, 2017 Statement by Secretary Tillerson Terrorist Attack in Kabul The United States strongly condemns today’s deadly attack in Kabul. Targeting a busy city street at rush hour during the holy month of Ramadan is barbaric and has no possible justification. This act of terrorism demonstrates complete ...
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Statement by Secretary Tillerson on the Occasion of Ramadan

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release May 26, 2017   On behalf of the United States Department of State, Renda and I sincerely wish Muslims around the world a peaceful and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a month of reverence, generosity, and self-reflection.  Most importantly, it is a cherished time for family and friends to ...
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USAID Supports Knowledge Sharing in Innovative Tuberculosis Laboratory Diagnostics

In Tashkent this week, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Republic of Uzbekistan Ministry of Health, and the Uzbekistan National Specialized Medical Science Center for Tuberculosis and Pulmonology (Center for Tuberculosis and Pulmonology) held two three-day seminars for laboratory specialists on testing for Tuberculosis (TB) using the GeneXpert system. GeneXpert is a ...
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Statement by the Secretary on the Manchester Attack

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 23, 2017 Our hearts go out to the families of those who have lost loved ones and to those injured in the attack in Manchester, U.K. While it is too early to determine those responsible for this atrocity, we are working closely with the British government ...
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Communities will Help End TB in Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan – On May 18, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) opened a two-day seminar on the engagement of civil society in the tuberculosis (TB) response in accordance with ENGAGE TB, an approach developed and endorsed by the World Health Organization (WHO). The seminar was conducted with the participation of leading international ...
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President Trump’s Speech to the Arab Islamic American Summit

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release May 21, 2017 Remarks as prepared for delivery   Thank You. I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary words, and the magnificent Kingdom of Saudi Arabia for hosting today’s summit. I am honored to be received by such gracious hosts. I have always heard about the splendor ...
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Statement on the Death of Attorney Polina Braunerg

The United States Embassy in Tashkent expresses its most sincere condolences to family, friends and colleagues of Almalyk-based attorney Polina Braunerg, who passed away at the age of 69. Braunerg had an honorable career defending the rights of human rights activists and others in Uzbekistan’s legal system. Polina Vasilyevna will be deeply missed, and her ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports an International Conference

From May 13-14, the U.S. Embassy, together with the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages and the Scientific-Practical Center of  Developing the Innovational Methods for Teaching Foreign Languages, hosted an international conference in partnership with the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education and the Ministry of Public Education under the theme, “Modern Trends Teaching Foreign ...
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English Language Specialist David Chiesa Arrives in Uzbekistan

English Language Specialist David Chiesa will work on the in-service training course curriculum at the Republican Scientific-Practical Center of Developing the Innovational Methods for Teaching Foreign Languages under the Uzbek State University of World Languages until July 31, 2017.  A PhD candidate in Applied Linguistics at Georgia State University, David’s research interests include second language ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

May 12, 2017 The U.S. Embassy takes note of the first-ever visit of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights May 10-11 and the successful visit of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly President May 7-10. These visits come at an important time and afford the government the opportunity to ...
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World Press Freedom Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC May 3, 2017 Today, on World Press Freedom Day, we reaffirm our commitment to promoting the fundamental principles of a free press around the world. We honor those men and women who work tirelessly, often at great personal risk, to tell the stories we would not otherwise ...
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Uzbekistan hosts regional study tour to improve collaboration on water management

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia combined financial and technical resources to bring 24 representatives from the five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan to Tashkent from May 2 to 4, 2017 for a study tour under the ...
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USAID is Promoting Horticulture Export to Boost Economic Growth in Central Asia

Preliminary results of the first day of the business-to-business event indicated that over $35 million in letters of intent to conduct future trade deals had been signed. Samarkand, Uzbekistan, April 27, 2017 – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the Government of Uzbekistan, and GIZ held a business forum today in Samarkand, Uzbekistan to ...
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Holocaust Remembrance Day

Press Statement Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State Washington, DC April 24, 2017 Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Today on Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Remembrance Day, marking the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising – we honor the six million Jews systematically murdered by the Nazis and their collaborators. We also remember all individuals targeted for persecution and ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks

USAID-funded Smart Waters Inauguration Event As Delivered Monday, April 17, 2017 9:15am Windham Hotel, Tashkent   Good morning! Ассалом Алейкум! Доброе Утро! Mr. Abdullaev, distinguished guests, I have been told that there is an Uzbek proverb that says “Ер – хазина, сув – гавҳар.” More or less in English, it means something that was said ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks Official Launch of the National Center on Antimicrobial Resistance and the National AMR Reference Laboratory As Delivered   Tuesday, April 11, 2017 11:00am Institute of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Tashkent   Good morning, Ladies and Gentlemen! Доброе утро, уважаемые Дамы и Господа! Ассалому алайкум муҳтарам хонимлар ва жаноблар! Dear ...
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Smart Waters Project launched

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID); the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan; and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia, launched “Smart Waters,” a new five-year water management project on April 17, 2017 in Tashkent.  U.S. Ambassador, Pamela Spratlen, provided opening remarks at the event, which brought together over fifty representatives ...
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Opening of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Center

On April 11 at 11:00, representatives from the Ministry of Health, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, along with other international organizations gathered at the  Research Institute of Epidemiology,  Microbiology and Infectious Diseases for the official opening of the National Antimicrobial Resistance Center.  U.S. Ambassador Spratlen participated in a ribbon ...
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Statement on Attacks in Egypt

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 9, 2017 The United States condemns in the strongest terms the barbaric attacks on Christian places of worship in Tanta and Alexandria that killed dozens of innocent people and injured many more on this holy day of Palm Sunday. We express our condolences to the families and ...
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The United States Condemns the Terrorist Attack in Stockholm, Sweden

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 7, 2017 The United States strongly condemns today’s terrorist attack on the heart of Stockholm, Sweden. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed and our hope for a full recovery to those who were injured. Attacks like this are intended ...
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Statement by President Trump on Syria

April 6, 2017 My fellow Americans:  On Tuesday, Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad launched a horrible chemical weapons attack on innocent civilians.  Using a deadly nerve agent, Assad choked out the lives of helpless men, women, and children.  It was a slow and brutal death for so many.  Even beautiful babies were cruelly murdered in this ...
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Statement from Pentagon Spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis on U.S. strike in Syria

Press Operations Release No: NR-126-17 April 6, 2017 At the direction of the president, U.S. forces conducted a cruise missile strike against a Syrian Air Force airfield today at about 8:40 p.m. EDT (4:40 a.m., April 7, in Syria).  The strike targeted Shayrat Airfield in Homs governorate, and was in response to the Syrian government’s chemical weapons ...
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2016 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices: Uzbekistan

Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2016 Uzbekistan EXECUTIVE SUMMARY Uzbekistan is an authoritarian state with a constitution that provides for a presidential system with separation of powers among the executive, legislative, and judicial branches. The executive branch under former President Islam Karimov dominated political life and exercised ...
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The United States Condemns the Attack in St. Petersburg, Russia

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC April 3, 2017 The United States condemns today’s reprehensible attack on passengers of the St. Petersburg metro system. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of those who were killed, and our thoughts and prayers are with those injured in the attack and with the Russian people. ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Opening Remarks To Honor American Art Reception

(As Delivered; Delivered in Russian) Thursday, March 28, 2017 7:00pm Ambassador’s Residence, Tashkent Good evening, ladies and gentlemen!  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, I am pleased to share with you this exhibition of American art at my Residence.  The exhibition seeks to embody the goals of the Art in Embassies program – ...
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U.S Embassy Tashkent to screen ‘Mona Lisa Smile’

On April 7, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section will screen ‘ Mona Lisa Smile ,’ an inspiring and uplifting movie about an art history professor with a lot to teach about life and much more to learn about romance. The movie features Academy Award winner Julia Roberts as well as Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal and ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Visits Kashkadarya Regional Tuberculosis Dispensary to Mark World TB Day

Karshi, Uzbekistan, March 24, 2017 United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela L. Spratlen, toured today the Kashkadarya Regional Tuberculosis Dispensary in Karshi. The Ambassador’s visit coincides with World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, which is observed worldwide every year on March 24 to call attention to the impact TB has on public health and to promote TB ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks

Flag Raising Ceremony to Commemorate Opening of U.S. Embassy Tashkent 25 Years Ago (As Delivered)   Thursday, March 16, 2017 9:30am Embassy Old Chancery in Chilanzar, Tashkent   Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, It’s great to see all of you here to commemorate the recreation of our raising of the U.S. flag on this property ...
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U.S. and Uzbekistan mark 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations with flag raising

On March 16, to commemorate the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent and to mark the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Uzbek bilateral relations, the U.S. Embassy organized a flag raising ceremony at the Old Chancery Compound in Chilanzar.  This event recreated the opening of the embassy 25 years ago to the day at the site ...
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Join us at WorldFood Uzbekistan 2017!

The U.S. Embassy will be staffing a booth at the upcoming WorldFood Uzbekistan expo, to take place March 29-31 at the Uzexpocentre in Tashkent.  Visitors to the booth can learn about the U.S. Embassy’s economic and commercial services, upcoming trade shows in the United States, and activities of some of our partners, such as the ...
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Learn English with U.S. Exchange Alumni

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to announce the launch of the third round of the “Learn English with Alumni” project. U.S. Exchange Alumni will conduct two different English language courses three times a week, each class lasting an hour and a half. The first program, “Language in Use,” will cater to people 14 years and older whose English ...
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International Women’s Day

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Acting Spokesperson Washington, DC March 8, 2017 On International Women’s Day, we reflect on the critical contributions women make in every sector of society and we recommit ourselves to addressing the discrimination and barriers that women face around the world. We have seen firsthand the benefits of women’s empowerment—politically, economically, and socially. ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement

The United States embassy welcomes the release last week of journalist Jamshid Karimov.  The news followed the release of Muhammad Bekjanov and other long-held prisoners.  These positive steps seem to foreshadow future releases and a more tolerant approach to civil society in general.  So, we were disappointed to learn of setbacks with other activists, such ...
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Dear respected Madam Ambassador, as we celebrate the 25th anniversary of U.S.-Uzbek diplomatic relations and 15th anniversary of the Strategic Partnership Declaration we would like to know your opinion on the achievements and results of our bilateral efforts during 25 years, specifically the implementation of the Declaration provisions. The United States and Uzbekistan have taken ...
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As Delivered Remarks of U.S. Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen

USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Project: Seminar on Cold Storage in Horticulture: Current State and Perspectives February, 16, 2017 09:00 a.m. Ассалом Алейкум!  Доброе Утро!  Good morning to all of you!  It’s my great pleasure and honor to be here to welcome you to the opening of this wonderful event recognizing what’s happening in horticulture ...
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Cold Storage in Horticulture: Current State and Perspectives in Uzbekistan

On Thursday, February 16, 2017, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) program, in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, convened a workshop on “Cold Storage in Horticulture: Current State and Perspectives in Uzbekistan.” U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen provided opening remarks at the event, which brought together ...
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Project “Smart Waters”

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017: The Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan and the Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia signed a cooperative agreement to implement a five year water management project “Smart Waters”. This is a regional program of U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) aimed to improve water management training system ...
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English is Key to Dialogue

On February 3-4, the Uzbekistan State World Languages University hosts an international conference, English is Key to Dialogue, for ELT specialists in higher education. Organized by “Foreign Languages in Uzbekistan” web portal and scientific and methodological e-journal and National Research Center for Innovations in Teaching Foreign Languages, the conference is a fruit of cooperation with ...
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United States and Uzbekistan Cooperate to Counter Nuclear Smuggling

Representatives of the United States and Uzbekistan met in Tashkent on February 1, 2017, to share perspectives on the threat of malicious actors acquiring nuclear or other radioactive materials and to discuss their governments’ cooperation to counter that threat. The discussions were a continuation of ongoing bilateral cooperation under the countries’ April 2012 Counter Nuclear ...
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January 27, 2017 Executive Order

On January 27, 2017, the President issued an Executive Order temporarily suspending entry into the United States for foreign nationals from seven countries. Uzbek citizens considering travel to the United States should note that this order does not affect citizens planning to travel on an Uzbek Passport. Uzbek citizens may continue to apply for all ...
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The Inauguration of the 45th President of the United States

The White House January 20, 2017 The Inaugural Address REMARKS OF PRESIDENT Donald Trump – AS PREPARED FOR DELIVERY INAUGURAL ADDRESS FRIDAY, JANUARY 20, 2017 WASHINGTON, D.C. As Prepared for Delivery – Chief Justice Roberts, President Carter, President Clinton, President Bush, President Obama, fellow Americans, and people of the world: thank you. We, the citizens of America, are now joined ...
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U.S. Embassy Tashkent to screen ‘Life is Beautiful’

On January 27, to commemorate the victims of the Holocaust, the U.S. Embassy Public Affairs Section will screen ‘Life is Beautiful,’ a Holocaust-themed movie by Roberto Benigni, at the U.S. Embassy. The movie won three Academy Awards, including Best Actor for Benigni, as well as the Grand Prix at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival and nine David di Donatello Awards. To ...
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George C. Marshall European Center Hosts Cyber Security Workshop in Tashkent

On January 9 and 10, the United States and German Embassies supported a two-day workshop focused on cyber security strategy and best practices.  The event was organized by the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies and featured subject matter experts from Azerbaijan, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Ukraine, and the United States.  The purpose of this ...
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Department of State Actions in Response to Russian Harassment

Press Statement Mark C. Toner Deputy Department Spokesperson Washington, DC December 29, 2016 The State Department today declared persona non grata 35 Russian officials operating in the United States who were acting in a manner inconsistent with their diplomatic or consular status. The Department also informed the Russian Government that it would deny Russian personnel access to ...
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Reception in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Reception in Honor of the 25th Anniversary of Diplomatic Relations Tuesday, December 21, 2016 7:00pm Tonight, I welcome all our guests but in particular the foreign minister of Uzbekistan, Mr Kamilov. Tonight we are having a celebration with the diplomatic community and with those representatives of the various ministries that handle ...
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General Michael Garrett Commanding General of U.S. Army Central arrives in Uzbekistan

General Michael Garrett Commanding General of U.S. Army Central arrived in Uzbekistan on December 13 with a team of advisors and support staff.  His visit is evidence of continued high-level engagement with the Government of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Defense as a part of our broad range of security cooperation.  During his visit, General ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Opening Remarks at Alice Underground Concert

Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen Alice Underground Concert Opening Remarks (As Delivered) Sunday, December 11, 2016 6:00pm Turkistan Concert Hall (Begin transcript) Assalomu alaykum, добрый вечер, and good evening! How is everybody? It is my great pleasure to welcome all of you to this beautiful hall for a wonderful concert featuring the group from Los Angeles, ...
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Press Statement

John Kerry Secretary of State Washington, DC December 13, 2016 I congratulate Rex Tillerson on his nomination as Secretary of State. The State Department will continue to provide our full support for a smooth transition, so that the incoming Administration can pursue the important work of U.S. foreign policy around the world.
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Regional English Language Officer John Scacco visits Uzbekistan

Regional English Language Officer John Scacco visited Uzbekistan from November 28 to December 2 to meet with representatives of higher education institutions. During his visit, RELO Scacco met with the administrations of Uzbek State World Languages University, Bukhara State University, Samarkand State University, and the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages to discuss ongoing projects ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks on UN Human Rights Day

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International Team Completes Security Enhancements to Uzbekistan’s National Radiological Waste Disposal Site

On November 15th, the United States Department of Energy/National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA), the United Kingdom’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), and the Government of Uzbekistan performed a final review of physical protection upgrades implemented to enhance the secure storage of radiological materials at the Republican Establishment of Radioactive Waste Burial (RPZRO). ...
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Release of Samandar Kukanov

The United States welcomes the release of former member of parliament and businessman Samandar Kukanov after 24 years in prison.  We also welcome the October 2016 release of human rights activist and Ezgulik Human Rights Society Branch Head Bobomurod Razzokov.  We regard Mr. Kukanov and Mr. Razzokov’s releases as positive steps and encourage the Government ...
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Europe Travel Alert

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about a new Europe Travel Alert issued by the Department of State on November 21 2016. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/Europe.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) ...
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A Special Session at the EducationUSA Advising Center

U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela L. Spratlen held a special session at the EducationUSA Advising Center.  Ambassador Spratlen discussed women’s colleges and specialized undergraduate schools as well as the importance of women’s education, its benefits and outcomes. If you missed it, there is still a chance for you to meet the Ambassador during International Education Week , which ...
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Open Doors Report Shows Trends in Student Mobility between Uzbekistan and the United States

International student enrollment in the U.S. tops one million for the first time Students from Uzbekistan increased by 7.9% to 530 November 14, 2016 – An increasing number of students are crossing the globe to gain practical, international experience that they can apply in their careers and life in a global society. The 2016 Open ...
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Statement by the President

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release November 09, 2016   Rose Garden 12:20 P.M. EST   THE PRESIDENT:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Yesterday, before votes were tallied, I shot a video that some of you may have seen in which I said to the American people:  Regardless of which side you were on in ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen

U.S. Embassy Tashkent’s 2016 Presidential Election Morning Event As Delivered November 9, 2016 Wyndham Hotel, Silk Road Room 8:00 a.m. Assalomu alaykum!  Dobroye utro!  Good morning to everyone who came to our “Uzbekistan convention” to watch the U.S. election results.  We are glad to see you this morning. We know that it is early and ...
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Handover of Educational Materials

On November 7, U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen participated in a handover ceremony at the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, marking the transfer of educational materials to the university.  Rector Rakhimov Ganisher participated on behalf of the university. The materials are intended for use by the Republican Scientific-Practical Center of Developing the Innovational Methods for Teaching Foreign ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Presents Books and Teaching Materials to Uzbekistan State University of World Languages

On November 7, Ambassador Pamela Spratlen participated in a handover ceremony at the Uzbekistan State University of World Languages, marking the transfer of over 1,100 books to the Uzbek State World Languages University and the Republican Scientific-Practical Center of Developing the Innovational Methods for Teaching Foreign Languages, which is also located at the Uzbek State ...
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Press Opportunity with Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon

In attendance: U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum Hyatt Regency Tashkent October 29, 2016 2:00pm Under Secretary Shannon: Thank you all very much for taking the time today to meet. I look forward to your questions. This is my first trip to Central Asia and my first ...
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Under Secretary Shannon Travels to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 20, 2016 U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon will visit Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Uzbekistan, October 24–29. This will be Under Secretary Shannon’s first visit to Central Asia. Under Secretary Shannon will commemorate each state’s 25 year anniversary of independence and highlight the strong and ...
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43rd OIC Council of Foreign Ministers

Remarks Arsalan Suleman Acting U.S. Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation  Tashkent, Uzbekistan October 19, 2016 (As Prepared) Your Excellency Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Your Excellency OIC Secretary General Iyad Amin Madani, Honorable Ministers and Heads of Delegation, Ladies and Gentlemen, Assalamualaikum. The United States expresses its sincere condolences to the people of Uzbekistan on the ...
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Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen’s Remarks for Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of the Regional Diagnostic Laboratory in Urgench

October 13, 2016 Ladies and gentlemen, Assalomu alaykum! On behalf of the U.S. Embassy and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency it is my honor to welcome you all to today’s Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for this newest Regional Diagnostic Laboratory.  This project, which began last summer, stands as yet another example of what our two countries ...
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Joint Statement From Secretary John Kerry and U.K. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Lancaster House London, United Kingdom October 16, 2016 FOREIGN SECRETARY JOHNSON: Good afternoon, everybody. Thank you very much for coming. As everybody knows, the situation in Aleppo is getting worse and worse. There’s continuing bombardment of innocent civilians, 100,000 kids now under a terrible, medieval siege. Casualties continue to mount. ...
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Acting Special Envoy Arsalan Suleman Travels to Uzbekistan

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 14, 2016 Acting Special Envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Arsalan Suleman will travel to Uzbekistan from October 17-22. During his trip, he will attend the 43rd session of the Council of OIC Foreign Ministers in Tashkent. While in Uzbekistan, Acting Special Envoy Suleman will also ...
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Alumni Model UN Conference on Tolerance and Intercultural Dialogue

How can we preserve peace and tolerance in a world of 7 billion people? To commemorate the International Day for Tolerance, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to organize the Alumni Model UN Conference on Tolerance and Intercultural Dialogue on November 19, 2016. If you are interested in jumping into the shoes of UN ...
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October Voting Message

Final Opportunities to Return Voted Ballots 6 October 2016 Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, ...
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SMS Notification System Revival

Dear U.S. Citizens, The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent plans to relaunch its short text messaging (SMS) notification system. This system will allow the Consular Section to send emergency notifications straight to subscribers’ mobile phones as an SMS message. The SMS notification system will become an additional means of communication with the ...
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2018 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The U.S. Department of State has announced that online registration for the 2018 Diversity Visa Program (also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery) will be open to the public from October 4, 2016, until November 7, 2016. Each year, the U.S. government makes 50,000 permanent residence visas available through the Diversity ...
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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on September 9, 2016. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at ...
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Address by President Obama to the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 20, 2016 The United Nations New York, New York 10:29 A.M. EDT PRESIDENT OBAMA: Mr. President; Mr. Secretary General; fellow delegates; ladies and gentlemen: As I address this hall as President for the final time, let me recount the progress that we’ve made ...
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U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen’s Remarks at the USAID Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) Project Inauguration Ceremony

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Absentee Voting Week is September 26 – October 3

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is October 10.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local ...
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USAID Agricultural Value Chains Activity Launched at Opening Ceremony in Tashkent

On Thursday, September 15, 2016, United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen, announced the launch of the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) five-year, $14 million Agricultural Value Chains (AVC) program. Approximately 50 representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Tashkent Agrarian University, Mirzaev Horticulture Institute, farmers, and ...
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USAID and Sog’lom Avlod Uchun Deliver Food Assistance to Vulnerable Populations

On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, the Ambassador of the United States to Uzbekistan, Pamela L. Spratlen; Deputy Minister of Health, Dr. Laziz Tuichiev; and Chairperson of the Board of the International NGO Charitable Foundation Sog’lom Avlod Uchun, Svetlana Inamova announced the arrival of a new food aid shipment provided by the USAID International Food Relief ...
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Remarks by the President Obama at the 9/11 Memorial Observance Ceremony

The White House Office of the Press Secretary September 11, 2016 The Pentagon – Arlington, Virginia 9:43 A.M. EDT Good morning.  Scripture tells us, “Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you…write them on the tablet of your heart.” Secretary Carter, Chairman Dunford, outstanding members of our Armed Forces, and most of all, survivors of that September day and ...
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Boeing 787 Dreamliner Arrives in Tashkent

On August 31,  Ambassador Spratlen joined Uzbek government officials and an ecstatic crowd of Uzbekistan Airways staff and their families in welcoming the airline’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Tashkent.  The festive occasion marked the addition of an airframe that makes direct flights to the United States a possibility for the future.  
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum’s Press Conference with Uzbek Journalists

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Death of the President of Uzbekistan

The Government of Uzbekistan has announced the death of President Karimov. As of now, no security risks noted; no change in security posture. US Embassy Tashkent will continue to monitor the situation and will update its recommendations as events warrant.  American Citizen Services will be provided on our regular schedule.  If you are an American ...
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Statement by the President on the Death of President Islom Karimov of Uzbekistan

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release September 02, 2016 At this challenging time of President Islom Karimov’s passing, the United States reaffirms its support for the people of Uzbekistan.  This week, I congratulated President Karimov and the people of Uzbekistan on their country’s 25 years of independence.  As Uzbekistan begins a new chapter ...
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U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen’s Independence Day Greetings

On behalf of the American people and my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, I wish all the people of Uzbekistan long-lasting peace, increasing prosperity, success in their endeavors, and healthy, happy lives on this, a very special 25th anniversary of Independence. And, beyond that, I wish that the next 25 years will be ...
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Back to School, Back to English Courses at the U.S. Embassy

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to announce the launch of the second round of the “Learn English with Alumni” project. U.S. Exchange Alumni will conduct two different English language courses three times a week, each class lasting an hour and a half. The first program, “Language in Use,” will cater to people aged above 14 years. The second ...
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2015 International Religious Freedom Report

Executive Summary March 19 began as an ordinary day for 27-year old Farkhunda Malikzada. Farkhunda lived in Kabul, Afghanistan, a city that had already endured decades of warfare and still existed under the constant threat of terrorist attacks by the Taliban. Despite this, Farkhunda lived a happy and optimistic life, according to her family. She worked as ...
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U.S. Helps Construct New Uzbek Border Post

In August 2016, United States Embassy to Uzbekistan’s Deputy Chief of Mission Lesslie Viguerie, attended the opening ceremonies for a new Uzbekistan border post located along the border with Tajikistan.  The event was hosted by General-Major Rustam Eminjanov, commander of the Uzbekistan Border Guards, and showcased the outpost’s new facilities and capabilities. The United States ...
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Books on Teacher Education and Teaching Methodology for Students and Teachers

On August 10, Public Affairs Officer Jon Larsen participated in a book donation ceremony at Namangan State University. On behalf of U.S. Embassy, PAO Jon Larsen delivered over 70 books on teacher education, second language acquisition, English grammar, and teaching methodology by renowned authors and distinguished professionals in the field of Teaching English as a ...
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Joint Statement for C5+1 Ministerial of August 3, 2016

The Secretary of State of the United States of America and the foreign ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, following the second ministerial level meeting in the C5+1 format, held August 3, 2016 in Washington DC, together issue this Second Joint Declaration ...
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Secretary of State John Kerry at the Central Asia Ministerial

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release REMARKS August 3, 2016 Secretary of State John Kerry At the Central Asia Ministerial August 3, 2016 Benjamin Franklin Room SECRETARY KERRY:  Well, good morning, everybody, and welcome to the State Department. Last fall, we convened the first meeting of the C5+1 – we ...
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United States Central Command Partners on English Language Education

From July 18 to July 29, three English language education experts from the U.S. Department of Defense worked in cooperation with the Uzbek Ministry of Defense to host a workshop for MOD English instructors. Sixteen English language teachers attended the ten day English language program representing various Ministry of Defense Institutions, including the Tashkent-based Armed ...
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USAID Partners with Uzbekistan to Reduce time required for Customs Clearance

In July, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) invited Irina Swift, a technical specialist, with more than 40 years of experience working on customs issues to conduct a week long interactive workshop on risk management and electronic customs declaration filing. The implementation of risk management and e-declaration procedures speeds the customs clearance process ...
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United States Central Command Partners on Border Security in Uzbekistan

On Tuesday July 12, United States Central Command completed the handover of six “MAN” trucks to Uzbekistan’s Border Guards.  These trucks were produced locally in Samarkand, and will expand the Border Guards’ vehicle fleet. Last year, the U.S. Central Command delivered twenty of the same vehicles for use by the Border Guards within Uzbekistan. These ...
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American Paralympic athletes visit Uzbekistan

American Paralympic athletes, Mary Kate Callahan and John Register, visited Uzbekistan as Sports Envoys from May 16-21, a first for Embassy Tashkent’s cultural diplomacy efforts. The U.S. Department of State forged a partnership with the National Paralympic Association of Uzbekistan to carry out the two envoys’ mission of educating and promoting disability rights in the ...
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Fulbright Scholar Mikael Gartner participates in a press event at the U.S. Embassy

On June 15, Fulbright Scholar Mikael Gartner and Professor Ravshan Kadirov of Tashkent Architecture and Construction Institute (TACI) participated in a press event at the U.S. Embassy discussing their collaborative work in the areas of disaster response and earthquake resistant design.  Mikael Gartner is an engineer and a former Urban Search and Rescue team member. ...
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Traffic and travel limitations in Tashkent city due to upcoming SCO summit

U.S. Embassy Tashkent would like to inform U.S. citizens in Uzbekistan and those who plan to arrive between June 16 and June 24 that media reports indicate there may be travel restrictions and traffic disruptions during this period due to the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Tashkent. Based on these reports, travel ...
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Regional English Language Officer for Central Asia John Scacco visits Uzbekistan

During his fifth visit, RELO Scacco met with the administrations of Uzbek State World Languages University, Karakalpak State University, Nukus Pedagogical State Institute, and Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages to discuss ongoing projects and opportunities for future collaboration.
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the 11th anniversary of Andijan Events

Today, the United States remembers the events that took place in Andijon eleven years ago and renews its expressions of heartfelt sympathy to all who suffered during and as a result of that tragedy.  The United States consistently encourages reconciliation, accountability and respect for the rights of all citizens as the best means to ensure ...
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Embassy Partners with Tashkent Hokimiyat on Earth Day

More than 50 volunteers, including Ambassador Pamela Spratlen, Embassy staff and their families, alumni of U.S. government programs, and officials from the Hokimiyat (municipality) of Tashkent gathered at the Seattle Peace Park for the cleanup.
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Seminar marks end of year-long textbook project

State Department-sponsored English Language Specialist, Dee Broughton led her final seminar to officially wrap up a year-long project titled "ESP (English for Specific Purposes) Materials Design Partnership Project."
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English Language Specialist completes yearlong materials design partnership project for Uzbek teachers

On March 23-26, 2016, State Department-sponsored English Language Specialist Dee Broughton led final training sessions as part of a year-long textbook design project for teachers of English in Uzbekistan. The final four-day training prepared 18 teachers to make presentations to university faculty and administrators on the fundamental concepts of materials design and second language acquisition ...
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Remarks at the International Women of Courage Awards Ceremony

Statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State Good morning, everybody, and welcome. And Cathy, thank you so much for the spectacular job that you are doing. I can’t think of anybody better suited to work on the State Department’s top priorities, and Cathy is really offering extraordinary leadership, encouraging every embassy, every consulate, every bureau, ...
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Participants Declare Tashkent Government-Business Roundtable a Success

Over 30 representatives from 13 major American companies interested in trade and investment in Uzbekistan visited Tashkent last week for discussions with the Government of Uzbekistan and meetings with business contacts, including numerous local companies and members of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan (AmCham). On March 24, Ambassador Spratlen delivered a keynote address at a widely ...
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Are You Ready For The Exchange?

The U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to welcome an energetic American vocal group, The Exchange, to perform in Uzbekistan from April 5-11, 2016.  The group is on a multi-country tour and looks forward to meeting the people of Uzbekistan, and sharing ideas and culture. The Exchange consists of five male singers, each with his ...
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Terrorist Attack in Lahore, Pakistan

Statement by John Kirby, Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson, Bureau of Public Affairs The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s appalling terrorist attack in Lahore, Pakistan. This cowardly act, which targeted innocent civilians in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal Park, has killed dozens and left scores injured. The United States stands with the people and Government ...
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U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen talks to VOA Uzbek

In a special interview with VOA’s Navbahor Imamova, US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen reflected on her first year in Tashkent and discussed several critical issues, including Congressional restrictions on Uzbekistan, forced labor and the Cotton Campaign, business and economy, educational opportunities, and the critical role media play. Navbahor Imamova, VOA Uzbek: Madame Ambassador, it ...
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U.S. Companies Explore Business Opportunities in Uzbekistan

To promote U.S. business opportunities in Uzbekistan, a U.S. trade mission and a business roundtable with the Government of Uzbekistan are taking place March 22 to 24.  The business roundtable is co-organized by the Government of Uzbekistan, the U.S. Embassy, the U.S. Department of Commerce, AmCham Uzbekistan, and the American-Uzbekistan Chamber of Commerce.  While the ...
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Message on the Occasion of Nowruz

I am delighted to join President Obama in wishing a happy, healthy, and prosperous Nowruz to all our friends around the world who celebrate this holiday. As Americans, we rejoice along with all those from the Islamic Republic of Iran to Central Asia to the Caucasus to communities here in the United States, who come ...
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Statement by the President on International Women’s Day

Today, on International Women’s Day, we recommit ourselves to achieving a world in which every woman and girl enjoys the full range of rights and freedoms that is her birthright. Women and girls make extraordinary contributions every day across all fields of human endeavor, including in business, education, sports, art, science, agriculture, parenting, and governance.  ...
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International Women’s Day

On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the world’s women—past, present, and future—and recognize their many contributions and reflect on what more needs to be done to empower over half of the world’s population. We remember the extraordinary achievements of women throughout history, and we applaud the women of today who lead, inspire, and work to ...
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USAID Helps Diversify International Export of Horticultural Products from Uzbekistan’s Fergana Valley

Over 500 representatives of retail chains, business associations, transport and logistics companies, embassies, farmers, and growers from the European Union, Central Asia and other CIS countries joined together in a February 25-26 Forum, Horticulture Sector of Fergana Valley: Export Perspectives convened by USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation (REC) Project. Several organizations supported REC to make the ...
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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on March 3, 2016. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at ...
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Remarks by the President on Progress Against ISIL

THE PRESIDENT:  Good evening, everybody.  I just met with my National Security Council as part of our regular effort to review and intensify our campaign to destroy ISIL.  I want to thank Secretary Kerry for hosting us and for his leadership of American diplomacy, not only in the Middle East but around the world.  Secretary ...
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Press Briefing by Press Secretary Josh Earnest and Special Presidential Envoy for the Global Coalition to Counter ISIL Brett McGurk

MR. EARNEST:  Good afternoon, everybody.  Before we get started here, I wanted to introduce Brett McGurk.  He is the President’s Special Envoy to our Global Counter-ISIL Coalition.  And he has prepared some materials to discuss with you today some of the progress that we’re seeing on the ground against ISIL in Iraq and in Syria.  ...
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State Department Announces Fulbright Top Producing Institutions

The list of higher education institutions sending the most Fulbright U.S. students and scholars abroad in academic year 2015-16 highlights the strong institutional diversity within the Fulbright Program. Topping the Fulbright U.S. Student Program (recent college graduates, graduate students, and early career professionals) list is Harvard University with 31 grantees, and topping the list of ...
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Cessation of Hostilities in Syria

Press Statement by John Kerry I am gratified to see the final arrangements concluded today for a cessation of hostilities in Syria and call on all parties to accept and fully comply with its terms. If implemented and adhered to, this cessation will not only lead to a decline in violence, but also continue to ...
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Remarks by the President on the Passing of the U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Good evening, everybody.  For almost 30 years, Justice Antonin “Nino” Scalia was a larger-than-life presence on the bench — a brilliant legal mind with an energetic style, incisive wit, and colorful opinions. He influenced a generation of judges, lawyers, and students, and profoundly shaped the legal landscape.  He will no doubt be remembered ...
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Secretary Kerry Delivers a Statement on Syrian Negotiations

SECRETARY KERRY: For almost five years, the world has watched in horror as Syria has disintegrated into a brutal conflict, killing hundreds of thousands and displacing millions both within and outside the country. Syria today is an unfolding humanitarian catastrophe, unmatched since World War II. In recent months, a new and broad-based diplomatic initiative was ...
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New American Citizen Services hours at the Consular Section

To improve customer service, U.S. Embassy Tashkent will consolidate its hours of operations for routine American Citizen Services.  Starting February 8, appointments will be offered Tuesday and Thursday from 14:00 until 16:00.  This change will allow us to process routine cases more efficiently, leading to faster service and less time spent in the waiting room. ...
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U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Bilateral Consultations

On January 19, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal welcomed an Uzbek government delegation led by Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov to Washington for the sixth U.S.-Uzbekistan Annual Bilateral Consultations.  As part of the consultations, the delegation met with Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources Heather Higginbottom ...
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USAID supports Uzbek judiciary in learning e-governance best practices in civil justice sector

From November 16-20, 2015, ten judges from the Supreme Court, Supreme Economic Court, regional and inter-district civil courts visited Estonia to learn from their robust experience in using IT solutions in court administration. The study tour was organized in conjunction with the Estonian E-Governance Academy (eGA) and joint project of the Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, ...
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International Human Rights Day 2015

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was forged in the aftermath of World War II to protect freedom and prevent future atrocities. As we commemorate it today, we recall President Franklin Roosevelt’s 1941 Four Freedoms address, which inspired the Universal Declaration, and which the United Nations selected as this year’s theme for International Human Rights ...
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Elimination of Visa Page Inserts on January 1, 2016

The Department of State will discontinue the consular service of adding additional visa pages to U.S. passports beginning January 1, 2016. Visa page inserts pose vulnerabilities to passport security by diminishing the effect of the RF blocking material to prevent unauthorized reading of ePassports. The determination to eliminate the visa page insert service was made to ...
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Learn English with Alumni

The U.S. embassy in Tashkent is pleased to announce the launch of the “Learn English with Alumni” project.  U.S. Exchange Alumni will conduct two different English language courses three times a week, each class lasting an hour and a half.  The first program, “Language in Use,” will cater to people of any age learning English.  ...
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Statement on World AIDS Day 2015

On World AIDS Day, we recognize the millions of people impacted by HIV/AIDS – the lives lost and the families forever torn apart by this disease. We also acknowledge the heroic and life-saving work of partners from governments, the private sector, civil society, and faith-based organizations across the world. I have been involved in the ...
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Antimicrobial Resistance Project

On November 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) launched a five year project with the Uzbek Research Institute of Epidemiology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (RIEMID) on the “Prevention and Control of Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) in Uzbekistan”.  The project goal is to collect evidence-based data on the scope and magnitude of AMR ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about a new Worldwide Travel Alert issued by the Department of State on November 23, 2015. The full text can be found at https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) ...
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Open Doors Report Shows Trends in Student Mobility between Uzbekistan and the United States

International student enrollment in the U.S. up ten percent to nearly one million Students from Uzbekistan increased by 6% to 491 November 16, 2015 – The 2015 Open Doors Report on International Educational Exchange, released today, finds the number of international students at U.S. colleges and universities had the highest rate of growth in 35 ...
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U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Education Week

On Monday, November 16, Ambassador Pamela L. Spratlen opened International Education week at the U.S. Embassy.  International Education Week (November 16-20) is a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education which promotes the critical importance of international education and exchange opportunities and their roles in supporting U.S. foreign ...
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Release of Murod Juraev

The United States welcomes the release of former member of parliament and human rights activist Murod Juraev after 21 years in prison. We regard Mr. Juraev’s release as a positive step and urge the Government of Uzbekistan to build on it by making it a prelude to the release of other long-held journalists, activists, and ...
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Former MP Murod Juraev freed

The United States Embassy is pleased to learn that former MP Murod Juraev has been freed after 21 years. Mr. Juraev, a human rights activist, had been one of Uzbekistan’s longest-serving prisoners. The Embassy regards Mr. Juraev’s release as a positive step and urges Uzbek authorities to build on it by making it a prelude ...
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USAID leads Fifth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum

On October 28 and 29, USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project (REC) in partnership with the Deutsche Gesellschaft Für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) along with the support of numerous export-promotion agencies from Kazakhstan convened an international event entitled New Realities and Priorities for Trade Development in Central Asia.  ...
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Secretary Kerry’s Meeting With President Karimov

The following is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Mark Toner: Secretary Kerry met with Uzbekistan’s President Islam Karimov today to discuss U.S.-Uzbekistan relations and to review opportunities to cooperate on a range of bilateral and regional issues. The Secretary expressed U.S. respect for Uzbekistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. He thanked President Karimov for hosting the ...
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New U.S. Assistance Programs in Central Asia

The United States of America is strongly committed to the prosperity, sovereignty, stability, and security of the five Central Asian countries as well as a vision of regional economic connectivity through its New Silk Road initiative. Since Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan gained independence in 1991; the United States has provided approximately ...
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Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation by the Five Countries of Central Asia and The United States of America, Samarkand, Uzbekistan

The foreign ministers of the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, the Republic of Turkmenistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Secretary of State of the United States of America issue this Joint Declaration of Partnership and Cooperation . This meeting follows a ministerial level meeting of the six countries on September 26, 2015, in New ...
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Secretary Kerry Travels to Vienna, Bishkek, Samarkand, Astana, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will travel to Austria, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan from October 28 to November 3. While in Vienna, Secretary Kerry will hold bilateral and multilateral meetings with foreign counterparts to discuss the ongoing crisis in Syria. The Secretary will then travel to Bishkek, Samarkand, Astana, Dushanbe, and Ashgabat ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Inaugurates USAID Partner’s Vocational Training Center

On Wednesday, October 21, Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and Tashkent Deputy Hokim, Farida Abdurakhimova, inaugurated a USAID funded Training Center for Socially Vulnerable Women.  Both speakers wore blue as a symbol of human trafficking and sex slavery awareness.  Ambassador Spratlen pointed out that “working together with government and non-government actors, we strive to abolish this injustice ...
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U.S. Embassy Tashkent promotes America at UN Day Celebration

Ambassador Pamela Spratlen, Deputy Chief of Mission Lesslie Viguerie and Embassy volunteers represented the United States at the Tashkent International School (TIS) annual UN Day celebration on October 24.  About 500 students from 37 different countries attend TIS. The school celebrates UN Day each year by hosting a special day of performances, displays, and events ...
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U.S. National Cancer Institute Joins the Fight against Cancer in Central Asia

The U.S. National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute (NCI) organized the first International Cancer Control Leadership Forum for Central Asia in Tashkent from October 14-16, 2015.  The forum was organized in partnership with the Republican Oncology Research Center (RORC), the Association of Directors of Cancer Centers and Radiation Institutes of the Commonwealth of Independent ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks for the International Cancer Control Leadership Forum in Central Asia

Assalomu Alaykum! Доброе утро! Good morning! I would like to thank Deputy Prime Minister Ikramov, I would like to thank representatives from the Republican Cancer Institute here in Uzbekistan, the National Cancer Institute of the United States and many partners, who helped to organize this conference today. It truly is a remarkable event and I ...
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Individual Apprehended after Throwing Item onto Embassy Grounds

At approximately 3:30 p.m. on Friday, October 23, a security alarm sounded at U.S. Embassy Tashkent after an individual threw an item onto the Embassy grounds.  The local police quickly apprehended the subject, and Embassy personnel confirmed that the item was not dangerous.  There are strong indications that the individual who was taken into custody ...
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DEA and NCDC Sign Memorandum of Understanding

On July 9, 2015 representatives of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Tashkent Office and members of the National Information Analytical Center for Drug Control under the Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan (NCDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) at the DEA Headquarters in Washington, D.C.  The Uzbek delegation was represented by NCDC Director, Mr. Mansurov.  ...
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Emerging Global Leaders Initiative Fellowship

The U.S. Department of State is pleased to announce a special opportunity for emerging civil society leaders to participate in a 9-18 month professional fellowship in the United States. All Fellows will be placed at a leading social change organization in the United States. Individuals in the nonprofit/NGO sectors with two or more years of ...
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Statement by the President Congratulating the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize Recipients

On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Tunisia’s National Dialogue Quartet on winning the Nobel Peace Prize.  This brave coalition of workers, industry, lawyers and human rights advocates is an inspiring reminder that lasting peace and security can only be achieved when citizens are empowered to forge their own future and that democracy is ...
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Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert

Daniel Pearl World Music Days is a global network of music events held in October to promote tolerance and understanding through the universal language of music. Since 2002, more than 10,000 musical performances in 129 countries have been dedicated to and inspired by the legacy of journalist Daniel Pearl, who was kidnapped and murdered in ...
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2017 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The U.S. Department of State has announced that online registration for the 2017 Diversity Visa Program (also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery) will be open to the public from October 1, 2015, until November 3, 2015. To qualify, an individual must be from a qualifying country, such as Uzbekistan, and ...
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NNSA Partnership Successfully Removes All Remaining HEU from Uzbekistan

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (DOE/NNSA) announced the successful return of the final 5 kilograms (approximately 11 pounds) of highly enriched uranium (HEU) spent fuel from the IIN-3M “Foton” research reactor in Tashkent, Uzbekistan to Russia. This is the eighth shipment of HEU from Uzbekistan since 2004 and ...
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High-level Meeting on Afghanistan

Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Kerry and His Afghan and Chinese Counterparts FOREIGN MINISTER RABBANI:  In the name of God, the most compassionate, the most merciful, Your Excellency Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah, Excellencies Secretary Kerry, Foreign Minister Wang Yi, distinguished foreign ministers and heads of delegations, ladies and gentlemen, good afternoon. First of ...
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Remarks by President Obama to the United Nations General Assembly

PRESIDENT OBAMA:  Mr. President, Mr. Secretary General, fellow delegates, ladies and gentlemen:  Seventy years after the founding of the United Nations, it is worth reflecting on what, together, the members of this body have helped to achieve. Out of the ashes of the Second World War, having witnessed the unthinkable power of the atomic age, ...
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Incendiary Device Thrown at U.S. Embassy in Tashkent

At approximately 7:30 am on Monday, September 28 an unidentified assailant tossed two improvised incendiary devices on to embassy grounds.  One of the incendiary devices exploded. Immediately following the explosion the embassy went on lockdown.  No one was injured in the blast.  The embassy is no longer on lockdown and is open for business.  At ...
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DAS Rosenblum visits Civil Court in Tashkent

On August 29, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Rosenblum and Ambassador Spratlen visited the Mirzo-Ulugbek Interdistrict Civil Court, part of joint Supreme Court of Uzbekistan, United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Uzbekistan Rule of Law Partnership (RLP) Project. The court is one of two pilot civil courts equipped ...
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U.S. Earthquake Engineer visits Tashkent

On August 18, Dr. Shakhzod Tahirov, a leading earthquake engineer with the University of California, Berkeley, delivered a public lecture at the U.S. Embassy on planning, designing, constructing, and managing earthquake-resistant structures and facilities. In addition to his research, Dr. Tahirov discussed his field work conducting structural assessments of historical buildings in Uzbekistan.  After the ...
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Avoid Chorsu Bazaar Area

U.S. Embassy Tashkent urges American citizens to avoid the area near the Chorsu Bazaar in Tashkent.  According to media reports, there was an explosion in this area today in the afternoon, resulting in ongoing police activity there. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s ...
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Message from the U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen on Uzbekistan’s Independence Day

On behalf of the American people and my colleagues at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent, I would like to offer heartfelt congratulations and best wishes to the people of Uzbekistan on the occasion of the 24th anniversary of your independence. The United States was one of the first countries to recognize Uzbekistan’s independence on December ...
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USAID Supports Uzbekistan Producers to Increase Horticultural Exports

USAID’s Regional Economic Cooperation Project (REC) in partnership with the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) along with support from the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan and the Council of Farmers of Uzbekistan conducted an international conference “Development of Production and Export of Horticultural Products of Uzbekistan”. On August 24 ...
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USCENTCOM Counternarcotics assists Uzbekistan State Customs Committee with Improvements to the Karakalpakiya Customs Post

The U.S. Embassy continues to work with its Uzbekistan partners to improve border security and stop the flow of illegal drugs.  The Embassy, with USCENTCOM Counternarcotics funding, is assisting the Uzbekistan State Customs Committee with improvements to the Customs post at Karakalpakiya.  These improvements include the installation of a series of steel tresses over the ...
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) support the Ministry of Health in Interpretation of La

On July 27-28, CDC conducted a two-day workshop on “Interpretation of Laboratory Test Results” for 27 clinicians, epidemiologists and laboratory professionals of the Ministry of Health, operating in the area of extremely dangerous pathogens. The workshop objectives were to increase awareness of the factors affecting the interpretation of laboratory assays by clinicians and epidemiologists, to ...
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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform U.S. citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on July 29, 2015. The full text can be found at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at ...
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U.S. Water Management Specialist Visits Tashkent

Gabriel Eckstein, an expert in water management and international water law with Texas A&M University, visited Uzbekistan July 6-10 to participate in a water management training seminar for GOU officials organized by UNESCO.  During his visit, Professor Eckstein also delivered a public lecture at the U.S. Embassy on water as an economic good.  After the ...
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U.S.-Uzbekistan Joint Committee Meeting (JCM) on Science and Technology Conducts Midterm Review

The U.S. and Uzbekistan demonstrated their commitment to enhance bilateral science and technology cooperation during a midterm review videoconference of the JCM on Science and Technology Cooperation on June 29. Jennifer Haskell, Director of the Office of Science and Technology Cooperation at U.S. State Department, headed the U.S. delegation in Washington D.C.  Dr. Odilkhuja Parpiev, ...
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Statement by Secretary Kerry on Ramadan

On behalf of the U.S. Department of State, Teresa and I wish all Muslims a happy and blessed Ramadan. Ramadan is a season for heightened reflection, worship, compassion, and community. For Muslims everywhere, this special month provides spiritual nourishment and reinforces appreciation for the universal value — and values — of humanity.  It is also ...
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Ambassador Spratlen meets with Ms. Elena Urlaeva, Chairperson of the Human Rights Alliance

On June 11, Ambassador Spratlen met with Ms. Elena Urlaeva, Chairperson of the Human Rights Alliance, to discuss her recent work and published reports starting May 31 that drew international concern about her. The Ambassador reaffirmed that U.S. government’s efforts to strengthen bilateral relations with Uzbekistan include a focus on the role of a vibrant ...
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Statement on World Day Against Child Labor

In observance of the World Day Against Child Labor, established by the United Nations’ (UN) International Labor Organization (ILO), the U.S. government commends the Government of Uzbekistan on its efforts to eliminate child labor in the cotton sector, and collaboration with the ILO and World Bank.  The U.S. government is proud to assist these efforts ...
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Ambassador speaks to Local Business Association

On June 9, 2015, Ambassador Spratlen spoke at a meeting of the Association of International Business and Technologies (AMBiT),  a send-off for a group of local businesspeople, who will tour California’s Silicon Valley in July 2015.  Ambassador Spratlen talked about the importance of entrepreneurship in growing the business relationship between the U.S. and Uzbekistan. AMBiT ...
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The Fight for a Free Press Makes Us All Safer

Posted by Thomas A. Shannon A vibrant, free, and independent press is a staple of any open society. But today freedom of the press is purposefully and systematically challenged on every continent. It is steadily dismantled by governments that fear the free flow of information, block websites, stifle civil society, and deny access to journalists. ...
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USAID fosters One Health Disease Surveillance and strengthens Uzbek Food Safety Systems

On May 27-28, USAID and its program partner, the World Health Organization (WHO), held a workshop for representatives from the Ministries of Health (MOH) and Agriculture (MAWR), along with the newly established United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, to discuss a food safety systems survey in Uzbekistan. Survey results revealed that anti-microbial resistance (AMR) detected ...
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United States Assistant Secretary of Commerce Arun Kumar Makes Official Visit to Uzbekistan

On June 3-5, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Global Markets and Director General of the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service Arun Kumar visited Uzbekistan and held official meetings with First Deputy Prime Minister Azimov, Minister for Foreign Economic Relations Ganiev, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Kamilov. During his visit, Assistant Secretary Kumar also participated in ...
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Statement on Uzbek Human Rights Defenders Elena Urlaeva and Azam Farmonov

United States Mission to the OSCE As delivered by Ambassador Daniel B. Baer to the Permanent Council, Vienna | June 4, 2015 The United States would like to draw attention to two human rights-related cases in Uzbekistan. The United States is deeply concerned about recent reports that respected human rights activist Elena Urlaeva was detained ...
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Senior USAID Washington’s Tuberculosis Specialist Meets Top Uzbek Tuberculosis Health Official

On May 20, 2015, a USAID Health Team led by Dr. Alex Golubkov, Senior Tuberculosis (TB) Technical Advisor from USAID Washington’s Bureau for Global Health, met with Dr. Mirzagaleb Tillyashaykhov, Director of the Uzbekistan National TB Program.  Dr. Golubkov shared an opportunity to receive a new TB drug, Bedaquiline, for free through a donation program. ...
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U.S. Embassy Tashkent holds a book presentation and signing event with the National Library of Uzbekistan

On June 1, in commemoration of International Children’s Day, U.S. Embassy Tashkent held a book presentation and signing event with the National Library of Uzbekistan.  Ambassador Spratlen introduced the Dancing Bear, an American Tale by Laura Whitton, to almost 60 Uzbek school children and teachers representing three Tashkent elementary schools.  U.S. Embassy Tashkent translated the ...
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Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) concludes Risk Management Training for Uzbek Customs and Border Guard Officers

On May 18-22, a five-day Risk Management Training (RMT) course for a combined Uzbek Customs and Border Guard Officer class was conducted by EXBS program in Tashkent. The training focused on how U.S. Customs and Border Protection utilize RMT to enhance interdiction operations without slowing the clearance of the majority of cargo crossing U.S. borders.  ...
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Remarks at a UN Security Council Open Debate on the Protection of Journalists in Conflict Situations

By Samantha Power, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations Thank you, Foreign Minister Linkevicius, for chairing this session and for Lithuania’s consistent effort to integrate the issue of press freedom – and threats to it – across the work we do at the Council. I also want to thank our guest briefers, Mr. Deloire ...
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Remarks by the President on Memorial Day

THE PRESIDENT:  Good morning, everybody.  Thank you, Secretary Carter, for your leadership of our men and women in uniform.  General Dempsey; Major General Buchanan; Mr. Patrick Hallinan, Executive Director of Army National Military Cemeteries; Chaplain Studniewski; members of our armed services, veterans, and, most of all, families and friends of our fallen — it is ...
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Regional Environmental Officer delivers Remarks at Tashkent Innovation Forum

On May 20, 2015,  Regional Environmental Officer, Robyn McCutcheon spoke at the Tashkent Innovation Forum regarding the State Department’s Global Innovation through Science and Technology initiative, which empowers young innovators through networking, skills building, mentoring, and access to financing to develop startup solutions that address economic and development challenges.  The Forum, which was organized by ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Concludes a Successful Two-day First Official Visit to Samarkand

On May 18-19, Ambassador Spratlen visited Samarkand, Uzbekistan’s second largest city after Tashkent.  The visit was anchored by three official events:  a meeting with Rector Kholmukhamedov Rahimovich of Samarkand State University (SamSu) and the delivery of remarks to the students; a visit to the Afrosiyab Museum, the site of the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation ...
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USCENTCOM-Counternarcotics Installs Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) System at the Ayritom Customs Post

A new CCTV system was installed last week for the Uzbekistan State Customs Committee at the Ayritom Customs Post on the border with Afghanistan.  The CCTV system is a significant upgrade over the old system and enhances the overall security posture at the facility.  Funded by USCENTCOM-CN, all installation work was completed by an Uzbek ...
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Uzbekistan Celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month – Ari Roland Jazz Quartet Shakes Tashkent

The American jazz band, Ari Roland Jazz Quartet, visited Uzbekistan on April 8-13, 2015 as Arts Envoys in the framework of the International Jazz Festival of Uzbekistan and Jazz Appreciation Month.  The quartet wooed the Uzbek public with their rhythm and enthusiasm, and engaged with students to demonstrate how American jazz styles can assimilate Uzbek ...
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U.S. Embassy Statement on the 10th anniversary of Andijan Events

On the tenth anniversary of the events that took place in Andijan on May 13, 2005, the United States extends its deepest sympathy to the families and friends of all those who lost their lives or suffered as a result.  We share many common goals with Uzbekistan and remain committed to encouraging accountability, reconciliation, democratic ...
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The American Embassy participates in MFA Day raising funds for charity

U.S. Embassy personnel and family members participated in the MFA Day event on May 2nd illustrating the generosity of Americans and their spirit of volunteerism.  MFA Day is an event in which foreign missions sell food and dishes representing their national cuisine with proceeds going to charity. The American Embassy booth grilled and sold hamburgers ...
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Statement by Secretary of State John Kerry Commemorating World Press Freedom Day

On May 3rd, we honored journalists who defend democratic ideals through their commitment to discovering and telling the truth. In doing so, we also paid tribute journalism itself, a profession to that is essential to good governance and the functioning of democracy. This is a critically important time to acknowledge the contributions of journalists. As ...
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U.S. Embassy and Uzbek Foreign Ministry Sign Amended Letter of Agreement

On 27 April, U.S. Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela Spratlen and Minister of Foreign Affairs Abdulaziz Kamilov signed Amended Letter of Agreement #13.  It is the amendment to the August 14, 2001 Letter of Agreement on narcotics control and law enforcement assistance between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of the ...
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Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan Regarding the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia

Today, the President submitted the Protocol to the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone in Central Asia to the U.S. Senate for its advice and consent to ratification.  This is the latest step demonstrating the U.S. commitment to nuclear non-proliferation and to reducing nuclear dangers worldwide. The President looks forward to working closely with the Senate ...
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The Earthquake in Nepal

Press Statement by John Kerry, Secretary of State I join the people of the United States in expressing our deepest condolences to all of those affected by today’s earthquake in Nepal, including the families of those who died in Nepal, India, China, and Bangladesh. We are working closely with the government of Nepal to provide ...
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Ambassador Pamela Spratlen visits the House Museum of Tamara Khanum

On April 17, Ambassador Spratlen visited the House Museum of Tamara Khanum in the framework of Women’s History Month. Tamara Khanum (born Tamara Petrosyan) was a significant figure in Soviet Uzbekistan.  In 1929, during the difficult transition period from a feudal Islamic country to the Uzbek Soviet Socialistic Republic, she was one of the first ...
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Modern Horticultural Information Technology to help Uzbek Farmers

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) developed a digital tool to address the high demand for horticultural value chain information in Uzbekistan. This tool is an application called Mobile Extension Value Added Application (MEVA – which also means fruit in Uzbek). As of last week, MEVA is now available on Google-play and in ...
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Statement of the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan

The Republic of Uzbekistan supports the agreement reached in Lausanne on April 2, 2015, on key parameters of a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action between the Islamic Republic of Iran and the “Group of Six” of international mediators on Iran’s nuclear program. As the initiator of the conclusion of the Treaty on a Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone ...
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U.S. Embassy Organizes the First Impromptu Model United Nations Conference in Uzbekistan

To commemorate Women’s History Month, on April 7, the Embassy Tashkent Public Affairs Section held the First Impromptu Model UN Conference in Uzbekistan on “Bridging the Gender Gap in Science.”  Around 35 youth delegates, including alumni of U.S. government exchange programs, students of different academic institutions in Tashkent and the general public took part in ...
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United States and Uzbekistan Sign Inter-Governmental Agreement on FATCA

On April 3, Ambassador Pamela Spratlen and Chairman of the State Tax Committee of Uzbekistan, Botir Parpiyev, signed the Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) to improve International Tax Compliance with respect to the Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). Uzbekistan is the first country in Central Asia to sign an IGA on FATCA with the United States.  ...
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U.S. Embassy Participates in 12th International Education and Career Exhibition in Tashkent

April 2-4, the Chamber of Commerce of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Ministry of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of Uzbekistan, the Public Youth Movement “Kamolot,” and Expocontact are hosting the 12th International Education and Career Exhibition at the Youth Creativity Center in Tashkent. 122 institutions from around the world, including Embassy Tashkent’s Education USA, ...
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Deputy Secretary Antony Blinken Remarks on an Enduring Vision for Central Asia

DEPUTY SECRETARY BLINKEN:  Well, good afternoon.  And Fiona, thank you very, very much for those very kind words of introduction. I think there are few people in Washington with a better feel for the sometimes Byzantine regional politics of Eurasia and Central Asia, not to mention the sometimes Byzantine policy-making process here in Washington.  It’s ...
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First Impromptu Model UN Conference

Are you one of the passionate youth interested in finding solutions to global challenges? Have you ever thought of jumping into the shoes of UN Ambassadors and think about issues from multiple perspectives? To commemorate Women’s History Month, the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent is pleased to organize the first impromptu Model UN Conference in Uzbekistan. ...
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Richard Hoagland, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, gives an exclusive interview to BBC’s

In an exclusive interview with BBC’s Uzbek Service, U.S. Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Hoagland said that the presidential elections on March 29 are Uzbekistan’s internal affair.  According to Mr. Hoagland, the elections in Uzbekistan may not meet the U.S. and European standards, but Washington will continue ...
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United States Presents Information Technology Equipment to the Refresher Training Faculty of the Higher Military Customs Institute

On February 27, 2015, the U.S. State Department’s Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program presented information technology (IT) equipment to the Refresher Training Faculty of the Higher Military Customs Institute, worth $28,300.00. The IT equipment includes, among other items, 21 personal computer work stations with 19-inch monitors and uninterrupted power supply units.  The ...
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Nearly 200 Participants Attend USAID ISO 9001 Workshop in Samarkand

On February 27, the USAID Regional Economic Cooperation (REC) project, in collaboration with the CERT International Academy, organized a workshop for nearly 200 participants on the new ISO 9001:2015 guidelines.  The ISO international standards certificate helps ensure that products and services are safe, reliable and of good quality and allowing companies access new markets.  The ...
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USAID Launches New Tuberculosis Control Program in the Republic of Uzbekistan

On Friday, February 20, 2015, United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan Pamela L. Spratlen and Minister of Health Dr. Anvar Alimov participated in the launch conference of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) new Tuberculosis (TB) Control Program. The launch ceremony was held at Radisson Blu Hotel Tashkent and was attended by officials from the ...
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USAID Holds Close Out Event of Its Successful Agricultural Project in Uzbekistan

The Agricultural Linkages Plus (AgLinksPlus) Project, funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), in close cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan (MAWR), held its final close-out event in Tashkent, Uzbekistan on February 19, 2015. The close-out event shared the successful results this project achieved in providing assistance ...
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USAID Delivers a State-of-the-Art Tissue Culture, Micro-Propagation Laboratory – the First of its Kind for Stone and Pome Fruits in Uzbekistan

The USAID AgLinks Plus Project, in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan, launched a state-of-the-art tissue culture laboratory to the Mirzaev Horticulture Research Institute on February 13, 2015. Ambassador Spratlen delivered opening remarks and toured the facilities with GOU counterparts. This technology will produce around 5,000 virus free and salt ...
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Ambassador Spratlen Headlines Public Discussion on Relations between Defense Lawyers and Prosecutors

On February 12, Regional Dialogue (RD), a Slovenian NGO funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, organized a public discussion on the role of prosecutors and defense lawyers. The panel of experts consisted of Mark Schamel, a renowned U.S. defense attorney, Ravshan Akhmedov, the Head of Uzbekistan’s Chamber of Layers, David ...
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U.S. Ambassador Pamela Spratlen Presents Credentials to President Islam Karimov

The Ambassador of the United States of America to the Republic of Uzbekistan, Pamela Spratlen, presented her credentials to the President of Uzbekistan, Islam Karimov, on January 27, 2015.  Ambassador Spratlen expressed her desire to continue strong, candid, and fruitful cooperation between Uzbekistan and the United States, as the two countries have been engaged in ...
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VOA Interview of State’s Rosenblum on Central Asia Issues

In a January 21 interview with Voice of America, the State Department’s Dan Rosenblum discusses U.S. military assistance to Uzbekistan, the ongoing transfer of mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles, the United States’ dedication to human rights and democracy and upcoming elections in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Rosenblum is the State Department deputy assistant secretary for Central Asia. ...
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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform American citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the Department of State on January 9, 2015.  The full text can be found at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) ...
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Worldwide Travel Alert

This message is being sent out to inform U.S. Citizens about a new Worldwide Travel Alert issued by the State Department on December 19, 2014.  The full text can be found on the webpage of the Consular Affairs Bureau of the Department of State . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program ...
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Farewell Message from Ambassador Krol

Dear Friends! As I conclude my appointment  as Ambassador of the United States of America to Uzbekistan, I wish, from the bottom of my heart, to thank the people of Uzbekistan for all your  many kindnesses, your warmth and your hospitality extended to me during the nearly three and a half years I have lived ...
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Constitution Day Message

The American Embassy in Tashkent congratulates all the citizens of Uzbekistan on the 22nd anniversary of the Uzbek Constitution. Every nation’s constitution reflects the unique culture, circumstances, and values of its people. Moreover, a constitution is a key document that defines and protects every citizen’s universal rights. We believe that the constitutions of the United ...
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Embassy Tashkent Successfully Concludes Annual Bilateral Consultations

On December 1-2, Uzbekistan hosted the fifth round of Annual Bilateral Consultations, chaired by Assistant Secretary Biswal and Foreign Minister Kamilov. The U.S. delegation consisted of 22 people representing various bureaus and agencies. The U.S. and Uzbek delegates discussed a broad range of issues of mutual interest across four dimensions: economic, security, political, and human. ...
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Ambassador Krol Underscores U.S. Support for Trans-Boundary Water Management at Aral Sea Conference in Urgench

Over 200 scientists, diplomats, representatives of international organizations, and government officials from Central Asia gathered in Urgench October 28-29 for an international conference dedicated to seeking solutions to the problems of the Aral Sea Basin region.  The event was organized by the Government of Uzbekistan as current chair of the International Fund for Saving the ...
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U.S. Embassy Supports Preservation of Artifacts in Bukhara

On November 5, Ambassador Krol and the Director of the State Archeological and History Museum, Abdurashid Zakrilayev, inaugurated an exhibition of restored archeological artifacts at the Bukhara State Archeological and History Museum “Ark” in Bukhara.  Representatives from the Ministry of Sport and Culture of Uzbekistan, historians, restorers, U.S. Embassy employees, and journalists participated in the ...
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October Voting Message

Embassies and consulates are not polling places.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 4.  U.S. citizens who want to participate in the 2014 U.S. elections should already have returned their absentee ballots to their local election officials.  U.S. embassies and consulates ...
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2016 Diversity Immigrant Visa Program

The U.S. Department of State has announced that online registration for the 2016 Diversity Visa Program (also known as the Diversity Visa Lottery or Green Card Lottery) will be open to the public from October 1, 2014, until November 3, 2014. Each year, the U.S. government makes 50,000 permanent residence visas available through the Diversity ...
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The Fourth Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days in Tashkent

On October 3, Embassy Tashkent observed the 4th Annual Daniel Pearl World Music Days with a concert featuring Jazzirama Band, singer Rayhon and Shakhzod Band. U.S. Ambassador George Krol opened the concert with remarks in both English and Uzbek, welcoming the crowd and thanking and introducing the performers. Embracing the message of the Daniel Pearl ...
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Worldwide Caution

This message is being sent to inform American citizens about an updated Worldwide Caution issued by the State Department on October 10, 2014.  The full text can be found at http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/english/alertswarnings/worldwide-caution.html . We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Uzbekistan enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at  https://step.state.gov/step ...
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Apple Variety Contest

On September 30, USAID Country Director John Riordan participated in the Apple Variety Contest, supported by USAID’s AgLinks Plus Project in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources of Uzbekistan. 35 Uzbek farmers presented their produce for nominations in four categories: (1) most marketable (2) sweetest (3) juiciest (4) Best in Show. Top ...
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CDC, DTRA, and USAID Combine Efforts to Fight Infectious Disease

Chargé d’Affaires Brink welcomed participants to a three-day workshop (September 24-26) on infection control sponsored by CDC, DTRA, and USAID. The event aimed at providing important information to 39 healthcare professionals on the importance of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs), main routes of transmission and means of prevention. HAIs are a major public health concern in Central ...
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Promotion of Peace and Tolerance through Music

On October 3, over 600 guests gathered at the U.S. Embassy in Tashkent together with Uzbek artists Rayhon, Shahzod Band and Jazzirama to celebrate Daniel Pearl World Music Days. Every October musicians across the United States and around the world join together to inspire unity and friendship through music, counter cultural and religious intolerance, foster ...
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Seventh Annual American Film Festival Takes Place in Tashkent

For the seventh annual American Film Festival, the U.S. Embassy partnered with the national film agency, Uzbekkino, for three days of films highlighting growing up in America. The festival took place September 26-28 at the Alisher Navoi Cinema, a legendary venue built in the 1960’s in central Tashkent. More than 1,500 people attended the seven ...
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Chargè d’Affaires Brink Addresses Tashkent Graduates of ATA’s Airport Security Management Course

On September 16, Chargè d’Affaires Bridget Brink attended a completion ceremony marking the return of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s Antiterrorism Assistance program (ATA) to Uzbekistan.  Once a popular and thriving program, courses were stopped years ago.  This last course delivered information to 22 participants, focusing on Airport Security Management.  The course covered seven days ...
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Grow up with the U.S. at the American Film Festival!

The Seventh Annual American Film Festival, organized by the U.S. Embassy Tashkent in cooperation with the National Agency Uzbekkino, will be held at the Alisher Navoi Cinema Palace September 26-28, 2014. The theme of this year’s Festival is “Growing up in America.”  The selected films will tell different stories of growing up in America and ...
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Ecotourism Expert Dean Reeder Visits Uzbekistan

Mr. Dean Reeder, former National Tourism Director for the U.S. National Park Service and ecotourism expert visited Uzbekistan from September 8-14.  Supported by Embassy Tashkent, Mr. Reeder led seminars on “Ecotourism Development” for Government of Uzbekistan officials at the Zaamin National Park and at t