INVC,, Washington, DC,,
Kyrgyz Republic Foreign Minister Ruslan Kazakbayev led a delegation of Kyrgyz government officials to Washington June 9-10 for the inaugural session of Annual Bilateral Consultations, hosted by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert O. Blake, Jr. The Annual Bilateral 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 participants discussed all aspects of the U.S.-Kyrgyzstan relationship, including support for Kyrgyzstan's parliamentary democracy, judicial and legal reform, human rights, regional stability and security, education and cultural exchanges, and economic development and trade. Members of both delegations commemorated the victims of the tragic events of June 2010 in the south of the Kyrgyz Republic with a moment of silence. In addition to the government meetings, the consultations included a dialogue with representatives from non-governmental organizations and a round table discussion with U.S. and Canadian businesses interested in trade and investment opportunities in Kyrgyzstan. The establishment of Annual Bilateral Consultations between Kyrgyzstan and the United States is an important step forward in strengthening the relationship between the two nations.