The U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu will visit Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and India from November 4 to 11, the press service of the U.S. State Department reports.
“Assistant Secretary Lu will lead a U.S. delegation to Central Asia to build on the success of the inaugural C5+1 Presidential Summit on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in September and the C5+1 Regional Connectivity Ministerial in October,” the statement reads.
Lu will begin his trip to Central Asia from Kazakhstan. Next, he will be headed to Tashkent to lead the U.S. delegation during the U.S.-Uzbekistan Strategic Partnership Dialogue (SPD).
Assistant Secretary Lu is expected to meet with Uzbek government officials to discuss “expanding security partnership and discussing solutions to regional issues, strengthening people-to-people ties, and diversifying trade and investment,” as reads the statement.
The visit’s agenda also includes Lu’s meetings with the local civil society groups engaged in finding solutions to the human rights issues.
“While in both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, the U.S. delegation will reaffirm the United States' steadfast commitment to Kazakhstan’s and Uzbekistan’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence,” states the media note of the State Department.