Washington Pursues Its Interests in Central Asia

Nov 2, 2015 | 22:26 GMT

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry visited Kazakhstan on Monday, the day after meeting with the foreign ministers of all five Central Asian countries in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. Kerry was the first U.S. secretary of state to meet with all five Central Asian foreign ministers simultaneously. Moreover, his visit to Kazakhstan kicked off a tour of each of the Central Asian countries -- the first such tour conducted by a U.S. secretary of state. Washington, like Moscow, is concerned about the rise of militancy in Afghanistan. But Washington is interested in increasing security cooperation with Central Asian states not only to prevent a spillover of militancy there, but also to challenge Moscow as a dominant military and security power in the region. ...

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