Major principle of U.S. foreign policy in Central Asia is respect to countries' sovereignty: Department of State

Politics Materials 24 April 2009 15:27 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, April 24 / Trend /

Major principle of the U.S. foreign policy in the Central Asia, which also impacts energy policy of the United States, is respect to sovereignty of countries in the region, U.S. Secretary of State assistant George Kroll said at an international conference "Reliable and Stabile Transit of Energy Sources and Their Role in Ensuring Sustainable Development and International Cooperation", CA-News quoted U.S. embassy in Ashgabat as saying.

"We want to maintain partner relations throughout Eurasia and we will back partner relations which respect sovereignty of countries in the region," Kroll said.

He said the U.S. admits importance of interdependence which encourages investments and trade among countries. However, the United States also believes that sovereignty, independence and prosperity are strengthened by development and diversification of trade relations. "Therefore, we support diversification of energy markets and transit routes both among Central Asian countries and between this region and larger international markets. Diversification is not implemented due to old and traditional trade relations. On the contrary, diversification can enhance these ties and ensure common efficiency," he said. 

Kroll said U.S. still emphasizes potential and benefits of regional cooperation in the Central Asia which will contribute to long-term stability. "This cooperation can give an impetus to development of trade and economic prosperity, coordination by using strategic resources including water, mineral resources, etc," he said.

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