China accuses Pompeo of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments

China accuses Pompeo of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments

China accuses Pompeo of 'slander' over Xinjiang comments

At a joint press conference with Pompeo, Uzbekistan's Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov expressed his country's interest in creating joint investment projects with USA businesses.

In Belarus, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan over the weekend and again on Monday, Pompeo raised human rights issues, including freedom of the press, with his interlocutors and denied any double-standard was at play.

Pressed by Toleukhanova from Radio Azattyq on what message his attacks on NPR send, Pompeo doubled down, saying, "It's a flawless message".

A key ally of President Donald Trump, Pompeo has often echoed the president's disdain for the media. The volume of American investments exceeded $45 billion, the Yelbasy noted.

"In 2019, we provided almost $ 100 million to strengthen the rule of law, education, English lessons, support for small businesses and entrepreneurs, and other forms of support", said Pompeo. The United States is "committing, pending congressional approval, $1 million of technical assistance to help Uzbekistan develop its capital markets", he added. Moscow has retained military bases and heads security and trade blocs that have fostered the relationship. The brouhaha back in Washington between Pompeo and NPR brought heightened attention to the issue on his trip and his comments slipped from standard USA press freedom talking points into a defense of State's barring of an NPR reporter from the trip in a fashion more common to Central Asian politicians.

Hawa Alam Nuristani, chief of Election Commission of Afghanistan, center, leaves after a press conference at the Independent Election Commission office in Kabul, Afghanistan, Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019. The Secretary commended Nazarbayev's legacy of principled leadership on nuclear non-proliferation, highlighting the positive model set by Kazakhstan's repatriation of its citizens from Syria and Iraq.

The United States and Uzbekistan have a common stance on security in the region.

While traveling in Central Asia over the weekend, the top USA diplomat faced questions from a local reporter about whether he retaliated against the radio network after being pressed by one of its reporters on his treatment of the former US ambassador to Ukraine - and what message doing so sends to repressive governments.

Kamilov said his country was actively involved in the Afghan peace process "because it affects our lives and the national interest and interest in the security of our state". In 2018, the USA provided $ 2.2 million to support these efforts.

"There is significant potential for cooperation in IT and other knowledge-intensive industries", Tleuberdi said.

The United States has confirmed 11 cases of the coronavirus. The economic growth and prosperity generated by this process offer the Uzbeks the opportunity to invest in the American economy, which will further increase the prosperity of both countries.

"The United States urges all countries to join us in pressing for an immediate end to this repression", Pompeo said earlier in a joint press conference with Foreign Minister Tileuberdi.

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