The first-ever Central Asia-US summit in the C5+1 format, scheduled for next week in New York, “is not against any country,” the U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan announced at a briefing on Friday.
US President Joe Biden, after speaking at the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, will hold his first ever meeting with the heads of five Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, Jake Sullivan said.
“The C5+1 actually began in 2015. It has been strengthened in the years since. And now we will see it come together at the leaders level for the first time.
“And this inaugural presidential summit will allow for the leaders to discuss a range of issues, from regional security, to trade and connectivity, to climate change, and ongoing reforms to improve governance and the rule of law.”
“This summit is not against any country. It is for a positive agenda that we want to work through with these countries. And so, on your question of deliverables, we do expect to have a joint statement at the end of it that will lay out, in key areas, concrete things that we intend to work on and do together, and the United States will bring to the table some resources to be able to do that effectively,” Jake Sullivan said in relation to the Summit.