Secretary of Defense William J. Perry and Republic of Uzbekistan Minister of
Defense Lt. Gen. Rustam Akmedov signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in
the Pentagon today, formalizing the defense and security relationship between
their two countries.
This is the first MOU signed between the Department of Defense and a
non-nuclear state of the former Soviet Union. As such, it demonstrates the
commitment of both countries to building a strong cooperative relationship and
a prosperous, democratic and independent Uzbekistan.
The MOU will serve as the framework for cooperative defense relations between
the two countries. These relations will comprise a variety of defense and
military contacts designed to enhance mutual understanding and international
security. The contact programs include an enhanced International Military
Education and Training program and the multilateral Partnership for Peace