Senior US diplomat visits Bishkek, Dushanbe


BISHKEK -- A top US State Department official visited Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to discuss co-operation between those countries and the United States, local media reported Monday (February 5).

Henry S. Ensher, acting US deputy assistant secretary of State for Afghanistan and Central Asia, met with Tajik government officials in Dushanbe Saturday and Sunday (February 3-4), according to

Ensher and Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Aslov February 3 discussed potential co-operation, international issues related to regional development and common challenges and threats, according to the Tajik Foreign Ministry.

Ensher also conferred with the country's economic development, defence and interior ministers and met with the representatives of NGOs and civil society. He reiterated the US commitment to Tajikistan's security and sovereignty, according to the US Embassy in Dushanbe.

Ensher then arrived in Bishkek Monday to discuss bilateral issues and a new Kyrgyz-US co-operation agreement, reported, citing Kyrgyz officials.

"The purpose of the visit is to learn more about the tasks facing the Kyrgyz government and discuss issues of common interest," said a statement from the US Embassy in Bishkek.

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