Washington: As part of American objective of bringing lasting peace and prosperity in Afghanistan, the US has said it is working towards promoting greater trade and co-operation between war-torn Afghanistan and Central Asia.
"Our strategy is to promote greater trade, greater co-operation (between Afghanistan and Central Asian countries)," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, PJ Crowley has said yesterday.
The US official said it is with this objective that the Special US Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan, Richard Holbrooke is on his maiden visit to Central Asian countries.
"Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, our Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, is in this evening at Dushanbe, Tajikistan. He will meet with President (Emomali) Rahmon tomorrow morning," he said.
Holbrooke travelled from Pakistan to Tashkent, Uzbekistan and met President Islom Karimov, and then visited President Kurmanbek Bakiyev at Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan, Crowley said.
During his trip, the US envoy also met troops at Transit Centre in Manas International Airport, who have served in Afghanistan, or will shortly be deployed there, he added.