Biden intends to deepen strategic partnership with Central Asian countries
The American authorities are aiming at deepening the strategic partnership within the framework of the C5 + 1 format (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and the United States). This is stated in the congratulatory telegram of US President Joe Biden to his Kazakh counterpart Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev on the occasion of the upcoming Nauryz holiday
“My administration is committed to deepening our strategic partnership and continuing the C5 + 1 dialogue process that began with the participation of Secretary of State John Kerry five years ago,” the telegram reads, quoted by the Kazakh president’s press service on Friday.
Biden also recalled that this year Kazakhstan celebrates the 30th anniversary of independence. “Congratulating you on this event, I assure that my administration attaches great importance to working with you and the people of Kazakhstan. For many years we have been maintaining a close partnership in the field of nuclear non-proliferation, strengthening peace and security, ”the American leader noted, addressing the President of Kazakhstan.
The United States and five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan – established a new C5 + 1 interaction format in 2015 to discuss regional issues in the spheres of economy, ecology and security.
The last face-to-face meeting of foreign ministers in the C5 + 1 format took place in early February last year during the Eurasian tour of the former US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo. During the meeting, the sides discussed the prospects for regional cooperation and security in Central Asia, as well as the situation in Afghanistan.