WASHINGTON | Trump meets with Uzbekistan president to talk Afghanistan
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and the leader of Uzbekistan pledged a close partnership on trade and military ties on Wednesday, as the two leaders conferred on the country’s strategic position near Afghanistan.
Trump welcomed President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to the Oval Office for the first time and nodded as the Uzbekistan leader credited the U.S. president for “achieving very outstanding results” in job creation and last year’s tax overhaul. Trump cupped his hands along the side of his mouth, leaned toward his counterpart and said, “I agree 100 percent.”
The Uzbek president, who came to power in 2016 following the death of the country’s longtime autocratic ruler, Islam Karimov, hailed a “new era for strategic partnership” between the two countries.