US Rep. Provides Fodder for Uzbek Media

The Hon. Eni F.H. Faleomavaega NOT in Central Asia but DEFINITELY with The Rock.

by Nathan Hamm on 2/24/2012

Last week, the Honorable Eni F.H. Faleomavaega, American Samoa’s Representative in the US House, celebrated 20 years of US-Uzbekistan relations (PDF), during the course of which, he sang Uzbekistan’s praises.

Today, Uzbekistan has managed to make significant progress in every field including politics, economics, and international relations. Working to build a foundation based on established legislative, executive, and judicial branches of power, Uzbekistan is transitioning to democracy and, in so doing, is raising its unique historical heritage and national identity.

While this kind of thing of course passes notice in the United States, various media in Uzbekistan have picked up on it, of course. It was picked up and broadcast by the Foreign Ministry’s Jahon Information Agency and has been reported in several other outlets. Both and UzInform emphasize that the statement goes into the Congressional archive and that it’s distributed to every member of Congress. Not mentioned, however is that while the former means “NO TAKE-BACKS!” the latter just means that 500+ interns have yet another item to delete and/or shred.

Faleomavaega is no stranger to Central Asia or fondness for the region’s governments. Ferghana News notes that he is the first US Congressman to visit Uzbekistan following the Andijon massacre and that he received an award from President Nazarbaev in 2007 for fostering friendship between the US and Kazakhstan.

Note: Hat tip to Joshua Kucera for finding this originally. Oh, and I couldn’t find a picture of the esteemed Representative on one of his several trips to Central Asia, so instead you get one of him with The Rock, who has nothing to do with this story.

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