NATO Inaugurates Central Asian Bureau In Uzbekistan
Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
May 16, 2014
NATO Regional Bureau Opens In Tashkent
A NATO bureau on ties and cooperation with Central Asian countries has officially opened in the Uzbek capital, Tashkent.
NATO secretary-general’s Special Representative for Central Asia and the Caucasus, James Appathurai attended the May 16 opening ceremony.
Appathurai, in a telephone interview with RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service said the bureau will work to “facilitate cooperation” between the alliance and all Central Asian states.
Appathurai said NATO’s partnership with Central Asian nations is not in competition with their relationship with Russia.
Appathurai earlier on May 16 discussed with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Karimov the situation in Afghanistan ahead of NATO troops’ withdrawal by the end of 2014.
Uzbekistan has been a member of NATO’s Partnership for Peace program since 1994.
With reporting by Interfax