TASHKENT -- US Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum gave his first speech to the media in Tashkent Wednesday (July 10), the US Embassy in Tashkent said in a statement. He was sworn in May 9.
The ambassador outlined five main tasks he is planning to focus on, noting that relations between the United States and Uzbekistan "are the best I have ever seen".
The tasks include enhancing their security partnership, supporting the Uzbek government's economic, political and social reforms, protecting human rights, expanding educational, cultural, scientific and business exchanges in both directions and encouraging US companies to invest in Uzbekistan's economy, said the statement.
"I want to deepen our security partnership with Uzbekistan," said Rosenblum. "This means not only working together to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan, a strongly shared goal -- but also co-operating to combat violent extremism, transnational crime, narcotics trafficking and other threats."
He highlighted the Uzbek government's achievements on reducing forced labour and on strengthening religious freedoms over the past few years.
He is ready "to help US companies take full advantage of opportunities to sell their products and services, and to make profitable investments in Uzbekistan", he added.
Rosenblum vowed to make efforts to build "a network of linkages between our two great nations that will ensure our relationship thrives for decades to come".