Uzbek President to Meet With Trump

Evarado Alatorre
May 17, 2018

Trump's reply: "I agree 100 percent".

The Uzbekistan leader came to power in 2016 following the death of the country's longtime autocratic ruler. The country sits on Afghanistan's northern border and provides a crucial supply route for USA forces.

Mirziyoyev will meet with the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis, congressmen and senators, the president of the World Bank to discuss development of cooperation.

Mirziyoyev has promoted gradual liberal changes in the Central Asian country of about 33 million. Since the May 7 release of journalist Bobomurod Abdullaev and blogger Hayot Nasriddinov, there are no journalists in Uzbek jails for the first time in two decades, according to CPJ research.

Mirziyoyev has reshuffled the government, removing many old-guard officials, most recently the chief of the nation's national security agency.

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President Donald Trump is welcoming the president of Uzbekistan to the White House for meetings expected to focus on trade and Afghanistan.

The government relaxed some restrictions on freedom of expression and permitted a USA journalist to report in Uzbekistan.

Mirziyoyev has sought to maintain friendly ties with Russian Federation while moving to expand ties with the West. Kim has said he is open to that idea, but would want concessions from the U.S.as well.

The Associated Press reports North Korea threatened earlier in the day to scrap the historic summit between Trump and Kim because the U.S.is working with the South Korean military on exercises that the North has long claimed are an invasion rehearsal.

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