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Armitage to Visit South and Central Asia and U.K.


Armitage to Visit South and Central Asia and U.K.

Oct. 1-8: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, United Kingdom

Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage will visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom October 1-8 to discuss a range of regional security and bilateral issues, including the status of U.S. assistance programs and cooperation in the war on terror.

Following is the text of the September 30 Department of State announcement:

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U.S. Department of State
Office of the Press Spokesman, Richard Boucher
September 30, 2003

DEPUTY SECRETARY ARMITAGE TRIP TO SOUTH AND CENTRAL ASIA

Deputy Secretary Richard Armitage will visit Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom October 1-8, 2003. He will be meeting with his counterparts to discuss a range of regional security and bilateral issues, including the status of U.S. assistance programs and cooperation on the Global War on Terror. In Afghanistan, Mr. Armitage will reinforce our commitment to a secure Afghanistan and support for full implementation of the Bonn Agreement, including the Constitutional Loya Jirga planned for December and elections next year as well as accelerated efforts by the U.S. and the international community to assist reconstruction efforts. While visiting Astana, Kazakhstan, Mr. Armitage will preside at the dedication of the new Embassy Branch Office.


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