Richard Boucher in Tashkent

by Nathan Hamm on 8/8/2006

And he’s meeting with Islam Karimov apparently.

Talking to RFE/RL’s Uzbek Service from Tashkent, U.S. Embassy official Abdumalik Ismailov confirmed reports that Richard Boucher, the assistant U.S. secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, had arrived in the Uzbek capital. He gave no further details.

Anyone care to offer any wild speculation as to what is afoot? Considering the state of US-Uzbekistan relations, such a high-level meeting is something of a surprise. I certainly hope it’s nothing like this.

UzMetronom.Com has coverage in Russian.

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