Media Note
Office of the Spokesperson
Washington, DC
January 10, 2013

Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Robert O. Blake Jr. is traveling to Turkmenistan, Kyrgyz Republic, and Germany January 14–18, 2013.

On Tuesday, January 15 in Ashgabat, Assistant Secretary Blake will meet with senior Government of Turkmenistan officials to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues including energy cooperation, economic development and international investment in Turkmenistan, human rights, and border and regional security issues. Assistant Secretary Blake will also meet with civil society representatives and hold a roundtable with press at the U.S. Embassy.

From Ashgabat, Assistant Secretary Blake will travel to Bishkek on Wednesday, January 16, to lead the U.S. delegation for the second United States–Kyrgyz Republic Annual Bilateral Consultations (ABC), which will be held the following day. The consultations are a structured policy dialogue designed to advance our common agenda and opportunities for cooperation across the full range of bilateral and regional issues. The delegations will discuss all aspects of the U.S.-Kyrgyz Republic bilateral relationship, including regional stability and security, democracy and rule of law, human rights, energy, counternarcotics, education and cultural exchanges, and economic development and trade. Assistant Secretary Blake will also meet with representatives from Kyrgyz civil society and hold a press availability following the ABC dialogue.

Assistant Secretary Blake then travels to Garmisch, Germany on January 17 to speak to the Senior Executive Seminar at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies, where the participants will include government and military officials from Central Asia, South Asia, and Europe.

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