Issue 11 (2012)
March 31 – April 4, 2012
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This week, Commander of United States Central Command (CENTCOM), James N. Mattis met with President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov and, according to Turkmenistan’s state media, told him that the US considers Turkmenistan to be a “responsible and reliable” partner, and discussed joint efforts to ensure universal security and stability. Also, US Ambassador at Large for International Religious Freedom, Susan Johnson Cook, came to Ashgabat to meet with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Institute for Democracy and Human Rights to discuss cooperation in the humanitarian sphere. Though no reports clarified what exactly was said during the meetings, the US Commission for International Religious Freedom recommended Turkmenistan for inclusion on the list of worst violators of religious freedom in the world.
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