Head of Joint Chiefs Reassures Uzbekistan Amid Aid Cutoff

by Laurence Jarvik on 8/14/2004

From the LA Times:

“Head of Joint Chiefs Reassures Uzbekistan Amid Aid Cutoff
Gen. Richard Myers says the Central Asian nation is a key ally in the fight against terrorism.
By John Hendren, Times Staff Writer

“TASHKENT, Uzbekistan — The United States’ top military officer stopped here Thursday to reassure an important Central Asian ally worried about the Bush administration’s move to withhold military aid because of the slow rate of political reform.

“The visit by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Richard B. Myers, part of a weeklong, five-nation tour of allies in the administration’s campaign against terrorism, highlights the complex relationship between the United States and Uzbekistan. The U.S. counts on Uzbekistan for support in dealing with neighboring Afghanistan and the rest of the region, yet refuses to certify the former Soviet nation as qualified for about $18 million in military assistance.”

Read the whole thing on the LA Times website.

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