Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
June 10, 2010

U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake, Jr. will travel to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan June 14-16 and Tashkent, Uzbekistan June 17-18. Assistant Secretary Blake will lead a large official delegation to the first Annual Bilateral Consultations (ABCs) with the Government of Turkmenistan. The delegation includes Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor Michael Posner, and Kurt Donnelly, the Director for Central Asia at the National Security Council. The ABCs will address a wide range of bilateral issues from energy cooperation to human rights. Turkmenistan is the fourth Central Asian country to conduct ABCs with the U.S. over the past six months.

Assistant Secretaries Blake and Posner and NSC Director Donnelly will travel to Tashkent for regular consultations with the government, civil society, and multilateral partners in Uzbekistan.

PRN: 2010/768