US invests in sovereignty, independence of Central Asian states/ Assistant Secretary Donald Lu
Donald Lu, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, says the Biden administration is committed to its strategic partnerships in the region, aims to invest in the sovereignty and independence of the Central Asian states, while understanding policies that are rational for Central Asian interests. Lu confirms that counterterrorism cooperation with the countries neighboring Afghanistan is a priority. He also argues that the promotion of human rights and democracy remains high on the agenda. In an interview with Voice of America's Navbahor Imamova, Lu also explained how Washington is assisting the countries to overcome and avoid the impact of Western sanctions on Russia. July 5, 2022: The United States expressed its concern over the recent events in Karakalpakstan and urged all parties to seek a peaceful resolution to these tensions and refrain from violence. Statement from the State Department: "We support Uzbekistan’s efforts to implement democratic reforms. We call on the authorities to protect all fundamental rights, including peaceful assembly and expression, in line with Uzbekistan’s international obligations and commitments." "We urge authorities to pursue a full, credible, and transparent investigation into the violence, consistent with international norms and best practices. The United States maintains its long-standing support for Uzbekistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity."