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[11.06.23] Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Asks for Role in Iraq

Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Askar Aitmatov, currently in the United States on a working visit, has asked for U.S. help in ensuring that Kyrgyzstan participates in the reconstruction of Iraq, akipress.org reported on 10 June. Aitmatov's request was made during talks with Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz. Aitmatov was reported to have said that Kyrgyzstan has specialists who could play a useful role in Iraq. According to akipress.org, Aitmatov received a promise that his request will be considered. Aitmatov also expressed concern about the worsening of the security situation in Afghanistan and about indications that extremist groups are becoming more active in the Central Asian region.
Eurasianet, June 11, 2003

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