US government sponsors counter-terrorism training in Uzbekistan


TASHKENT -- Thirteen officials from Uzbekistan's Interior Ministry (MVD) last week completed a US-funded training course on interdicting terrorism, the US Embassy in Uzbekistan said in a statement Tuesday (April 16).

The goal was to help police officers to develop the latest investigative skills and approaches to identify and counter terrorists and terrorist groups.

Participants gained knowledge in "identifying potential sources of information, utilising surveillance, understanding terrorist and organised crime group financing methods, investigating a terrorist event, interviewing suspects and witnesses and developing a system for tracking and analysing information to aid in the prosecution of terrorists and criminals", said the statement.

At the graduation ceremony in Tashkent, US Charge d'Affaires Alan Meltzer presented all the participants with a certificate of appreciation.

"The United States greatly values Uzbekistan's increasingly important role in maintaining regional stability, safety, and security," Meltzer said at the graduation ceremony April 12.

"We are committed to growing our co-operation with Uzbekistan to counter genuine transnational security threats -- including terrorism -- to ensure a secure and prosperous future for both our nations," he said.

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