The USA and several Central Asian countries signed a declaration on partnership

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The foreign minister of the United States John Kerry and the foreign ministers of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan at a meeting in Samarkand approved a mutual declaration, establishing a new format of “five plus one” (C5 + 1).

The document notes the intention of the participants to work in depth on a wide range of issues. That includes, in particular, combating human trafficking, drug trafficking, support for security and stability in Afghanistan.

John Kerry assured the Heads of diplomatic missions of Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan that Washington shares the concern of the Central Asian countries about the situation in Afghanistan. According to Kerry, the United States aware of the danger posed by the extremist groups “Islamic State” and “Al Qaeda”.

On Sunday, John Kerry arrived to Astana, which is expected to hold talks with Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Source: http://www.svoboda.org/content/article/27339030.html