President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev arrived with the first official visit to the United States on May 15 at the invitation of President Donald Trump, the press service of the presidential administration of Uzbekistan stated on May 16. However, an official added that the issue of "combatting corruption and being able to cooperate together in detecting and rooting out corruption is very much a part of our agenda".
The Associated Press reports North Korea threatened earlier in the day to scrap the historic summit between Trump and Kim because the U.S.is working with the South Korean military on exercises that the North has long claimed are an invasion rehearsal. Mirziyoyev told reporters his country had signed contracts with leading USA companies worth $5 billion. He has shed some of the repressive legacies of his predecessor, releasing some political prisoners, lifting restrictions on foreign currency exchange and ordering an end to the practice of compulsory cotton-harvesting work for students and others criticized by human rights groups.
Background: On the security front, Uzbekistan plays a crucial role in Afghanistan and has been actively involved in negotiations with the Afghan government and the Taliban.
Uzbekistan's leader says his country and the US are developing a "new era" of cooperation.
"And we do appreciate that, and we expect Uzbekistan to continue to be a reliable partner in that regard".
When asked about Uzbekistan's authoritarian track record, a senior official said that the White House was "cautiously optimistic" and "optimistically cautious". "We will see what happens".
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