Uzbekistan, Tashkent, Oct.15 / Trend, D.Azizov /
The NATO Secretary General's Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia Robert Simmons met with representatives of the Foreign Ministry and Ministry of Defense of Uzbekistan during his visit to Tashkent Oct.12-13, the Uzbek Foreign Ministry said.
"The sides discussed current state and perspectives of developing cooperation between Uzbekistan and NATO. The sides discussed implementation of joint projects within the Trust Fund and Science for Peace and Security Program," the Ministry's report says.
The sides also focused on international and regional security issues of mutual interest. In particular, the sides reviewed issues of establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan, possible cooperation ways in this context, as well as situation in Kyrgyzstan.
Simmons was informed about initiative of the Uzbek President Islam Karimov on contact group 6+3 with attracting NATO to its work.
Simmons highly assessed Uzbekistan's efforts in settlement and social-economic development of Afghanistan.
During the talks, the sides exchanged opinion on combating terrorism, extremism, drug trafficking and other transnational threats to security.
Robert Simmons participated in closure ceremony of project on utilization of rocket fuel Melanj in Uzbekistan. The government of Uzbekistan and NATO signed agreement on technical maintenance and supply of realization of project on utilization of component of rocket fuel Melanj in Uzbekistan Nov.28 2008. The project helped to utilize rocket fuel to low-grade nitric fertilizers, which can be used in agriculture sector.
The project ended in July 2010.
Uzbekistan joined to NATO's Partnership for Peace July 13 1994. Since 1996, Uzbekistan cooperates within Individual Partnership Programme on basic priority directions, including training of military specialists, cooperation in science and civil emergency planning.