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    US Provide Five Central Asian Countries With Financial Aid

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    US has agreed to provide five Central Asian countries $15 million in aid to boost trade and on counterterrorism efforts, the US Embassy in Uzbekistan said in a statement Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The United States has agreed to provide five Central Asian countries with up to $15 million in aid to boost trade, support renewable energy projects and help them counter terrorism, the US Embassy in Uzbekistan said in a statement Thursday.

    On Wednesday, the US secretary of state met with the foreign ministers of five Central Asian countries, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan in Washington, DC. The ministerial level meeting of the so called C5+1 group was the second meeting of its type, and was aimed at discussing mutually-agreed projects in the fields of trade, transport, business climate, renewable energy sources, the fight against terrorism, as well as the trafficking of weapons, illicit drugs and people.

    "At the second ministerial C5+1 ministerial meeting, which was held in Washington in August 2016, six ministers have agreed to launch five projects, which the United States plan to support by up to $15 million dollars," the statement published on the embassy's website reads.

    According to the statement, special attention was given to means of preventing the radicalization of people living in Central Asia.

    In November 2015, US Secretary of State John Kerry and the foreign ministers of the five Central Asian countries held a meeting in the Uzbek city of Samarkand, where they agreed to create a new platform for regular political dialogue among the C5 + 1 countries about issues of common interest.


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