Readout of U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu’s Meeting with Foreign Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Ruslan Kazakbaev

At a virtual meeting today, Ambassador Lu met with Foreign Minister Kazakbaev and discussed political and economic cooperation.  Ambassador Lu noted progress in negotiations towards a Bilateral Cooperation Agreement, and both sides expressed hope of resolving the remaining issues quickly.  He also offered the assistance of U.S. law enforcement agencies in investigating and prosecuting major organized crime figures, and U.S. support in the disruption and dismantling of their international criminal networks. Ambassador Lu reiterated that the United States welcomed proposals to allow time for a broad societal discussion on proposed constitutional changes, and welcomed Kyrgyzstan’s decision to send the proposed changes to the Venice Commission for comment.