U.S. Central Command
June 14, 2022

U.S. CENTCOM Commander meets with Uzbekistan’s Defense Officials

Today, I [Central Command chief General Erik Kurilla] had a great series of engagements here in Tashkent, with President Mirziyoyev, General-Lieutenant Makhmudov, General Lieutenant Qurbonov, General Major Khalmuhamedov, and the leadership of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Uzbekistan. These were important, high-level discussions regarding the major topics of concern for both militaries.

….The Uzbek people are proud, rugged warriors with a warfighting culture and a fascinating heritage of accomplishments and such important historic figures as Amir Timur and Mirza Ulugh Beg….

…Uzbekistan is a leader in the region and security of Uzbekistan is security of the region.

…At the end of this tour, I will submit my 90-day assessment to the US leadership….

My two-day visit here also included formal meetings and candid discussions with the top leaders in Uzbekistan. Throughout all these activities, events, and engagements, I was accompanied by General Major Khalmuhamedov, Chief of the General Staff. At each stop, to include throughout our tour of Samarkhan, we discussed many important issues of concern for both of our forces.

During our discussions, we sought opportunities for our militaries to share lessons learned from our combat experience earned over a 20-year period….During our fighting over the last 20 years, our forces learned so much in terms of technology, techniques, and best practices to keep our troops alive during combat. We will now share that hard-gained wisdom with our Uzbek partners. We also hope to learn the Uzbek training, techniques, and procedures that can be valuable for our American military.

Another issue we discussed is the threat posed by violent ideology, a problem for which there is no purely military solution. We are jointly concerned about groups that espouse this kind of ideology that remain a threat.

For example, I have been very vocal about my concern for the growing threat in the al Hol camp in northeast Syria, which I visited in April. This situation is a ticking time bomb – the camp houses approximately 57,000 people from more than 60 countries, many of them children or brides of ISIS. The conditions in the camp are miserable. Many of the people in the camp feel abandoned by the international community, a feeling which will only push them toward the extremist groups.

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We thank the Uzbek people and the military for leading the region in repatriating Uzbek citizens from al Hol back into society. We must continue to support Uzbekistan in this effort.

Finally, we discussed ways to strengthen our special operations forces cooperation. Our special operations forces have so much experience that they can offer, however, they can also learn from the Uzbek special operations forces. We already have a strong partnership between our special operations forces, and we seek ways to broaden and deepen that partnership. In fact, during my visit, I received a briefing from leaders from American special forces and Uzbek special forces participating in a partnered training event.

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Uzreport
June 13, 2022

Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the commander of the Central Committee of the US Armed Forces

Shavkat Mirziyoyev received the commander of the Central Committee of the US Armed Forces
On June 13, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev received a delegation of the United States of America led by Commander of the US Central Command General Michael Kurilla.

Topical issues of further development of the Uzbek-American relations of strategic partnership and expansion of multifaceted cooperation, continuation of practical cooperation in the field of regional security were considered.

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U.S. Central Command
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AKI Press
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