Sept. 28, 2023
Release Number 20230928-01
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TAMPA, Fla. – Gen. Michael “Erik” Kurilla, commander of U.S. Central Command, along with the Chiefs of Defense from Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee from Pakistan and the Turkmenistan Defense Attaché to Uzbekistan participated in the Central and South Asian States Chiefs of Defense Conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from 26 - 27 September.
The conference, co-hosted by Gen. Kurilla and Gen. Maj. Shukhrat Khalmukhamedov, Uzbekistan Chief of the General Staff, focused on shared regional security issues, opportunities to further enhance military-to-military cooperation. A range of options for bilateral and multilateral collaboration were also explored.
The senior delegates began the conference with a solemn wreath laying ceremony at the Ode to Fortitude memorial. The ceremony recognizes Uzbekistan’s tremendous sacrifices and contributions during World War II. The poignant moment served as a tribute to the enduring strength and resilience of the people of Uzbekistan.
“The deepening ties with our Central and South Asia partners are vital to peace and stability in the region,” said Gen. Kurilla. “Our commitment to the people of Central and South Asia is unwavering and we value this important dialogue which is based on mutual trust, respect and shared goals.”