US acknowledges strategic importance of Central Asia

US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum

US acknowledges strategic importance of Central Asia: Central Asia’s  location at the crossroads between East and West gives it a significant strategic, economic and political  importance to the US,  Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central Asia Daniel Rosenblum told journalists in a telephone briefing earlier this week.
“We don’t want to see the Central Asian countries become safe havens for terrorist groups,” he said. “So we want to expand our security cooperation to meet threats that we share, transnational threats, terrorism, narcotics trafficking, and …… ISIL.” The US also wanted to expand its economic engagement, to have more bilateral trade, more investment opportunities, and to help build more connectivity within the region, and more connections between Central Asian countries, he added