US Special Representative for Afghanistan Zalmay Khalilzad and Foreign Ministers of the five Central Asian countries will discuss cooperation on the Afghan settlement in the “C5 + 1” format through a video conference on June 30th. This was reported by the press service of the Foreign Ministry of Uzbekistan.
Earlier, the US State Department said that Khalilzad will visit Pakistan, Qatar and Uzbekistan, where he left on June 28th to discuss the peace process in Afghanistan.
According to the press service, Khalilzad and the chief executive officer of the US Corporation for International Development Financing (DFC) Adam Boiler will visit Uzbekistan from June 29th to July 1st.
“The American delegation will also take part in the ministerial meeting in the format of “Central Asia – USA” (C5 + 1), which will be held on June 30th through video-conferencing,” the statement said.
Khalilzad and Boiler during their visit to Uzbekistan will hold talks in the Senate of the Oliy Majlis (parliament), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Investment and Foreign Trade, as well as the Ministry of Economic Development and Poverty Reduction.
“During the upcoming talks, issues of supporting the peace negotiations in Afghanistan, the prospects of attracting DFC financial resources for the implementation of investment projects in Uzbekistan will be discussed,” the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.
In September 2015, the United States and five Central Asian countries — Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan — created a new format for the interaction of Central Asian Countries — United States (C5 + 1) to discuss regional issues.
Turkmenistan stands for resolving the Afghan issue by political and diplomatic means, through negotiations and reconciliation of the warring parties.