Taliban’s political stature rises with talks in Uzbekistan
ISLAMABAD (AP) — In a rare diplomatic foray and the strongest sign yet of increasing Taliban political clout in the region, the head of the insurgents' political office led a delegation to Uzbekistan to meet senior Foreign Ministry officials there, Uzbek and Taliban officials said.
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.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meeting with Uzbekistan President Shavkat Mirziyoyev at the White House (all times local):
President Donald Trump says he is working closely with Uzbekistan on trade and military ties as he welcomes the nation's leader to the White House.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump will welcome the president of Uzbekistan to the White House later this month.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders says President Shavkat Mirziyoyev will pay his first visit to the White House on May 16.
She says the two presidents will renew their countries' "bilateral strategic partnership, in order to pursue shared interests and address emerging challenges."
Uzbekistan’s acting president wins election overwhelmingly
MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan's acting president has overwhelmingly won a tightly controlled presidential election, the Central Asian country's first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov, election officials said Monday.
Shavkat Mirziyoyev garnered 88.61 percent of the vote, Central Election Commission head Murza-Ulugbek Abdusalomov said during a briefing in Tashkent. Turnout was 87.83 percent, according to officials.
Uzbekistan votes in first election since autocrat’s death
MOSCOW (AP) — Uzbekistan held a tightly controlled presidential election Sunday, the first vote since the death of authoritarian leader Islam Karimov who ruled the country for 27 years.
Karimov led Uzbekistan since before the 1991 Soviet collapse, first as its communist boss and then as its president. During his long tenure, he ruthlessly crushed all opposition and was denounced by international rights groups for abuses that included killings and torture.
Uzbekistan has first election since Soviet-era ruler’s death
MOSCOW (AP) — Voters in Uzbekistan are casting ballots Sunday in the tightly controlled, ex-Soviet nation's first presidential election since the death of Islam Karimov, the authoritarian leader who ruled for 27 years.
Acting President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, who spent 13 years as Karimov's prime minister, is expected to easily win a five-year term in the Central Asia country.
Uzbekistan’s new leader pledges better ties with Russia, US
MOSCOW (AP) — The acting president of Uzbekistan, chosen following the death of the country's authoritarian leader, says he wants closer ties with Russia, the United States and China.
Islam Karimov, who crushed opposition throughout his nearly 27-year rule, died last week without leaving an apparent successor. The country's Senate on Thursday elected Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev as acting president. Uzbekistan will still have to hold a presidential election.