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Russian officials cannot hide their fury as Central Asian states are increasingly turning to Washington for economic and security co-operation.

USAID and Uzbekistan will work together to improve rule of law across the country, according to a memorandum signed June 8.

The festival's goal is to create a platform in which participants can exchange experience and ideas and where they will be able to meet international business partners, organisers say.

With the successful conclusion of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's first official visit to the United States, Uzbeks are hopeful for new, large-scale co-operation between the two countries.

Negotiators rejected a proposal to have peace talks in Russia, citing years of indiscriminate Russian bombing of Syrian civilians and support for a dictator who uses chemical weapons against his own people.

Agreements signed between the two nations covered military, trade, energy, finance, agriculture, science and education, and included billions of dollars of potential business deals.

Uzbekistani President Shavkat Mirziyoyev's upcoming visit to the United States is attracting unprecedented attention from regional and international media and the expert community.

About 500 economists, political scientists and business leaders -- including Russian scholars -- criticised the Kremlin's foreign policy at the International Risk Management Conference in Almaty this month. Russia's continuing aggression is prompting Kazakhstan to part ways with its neighbour.

By skipping a Tashkent summit on Afghanistan, the Taliban might have hurt their own cause, observers and participants say.

Despite repeated calls to participate in the Afghan-led peace process, the Taliban refused to attend the international conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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