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Remarks: Joe Biden Attends the Central Asia 5 + 1 Meeting in New York - September 19, 2023

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Joe Biden

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00:00:00-00:00:27 (28 sec)
It's an honor to be here with -- with you, our first presidential summit -- all the presidents around this table and the Secretary of State. I think this is a historic moment. We're building on years of close cooperation between Central Asia and the United States -- a cooperation that is grounded in our shared commitment to sovereignty, independence, territorial integrity. 1

Joe Biden

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00:00:27-00:01:02 (35 sec)
These principles matter more than ever, in my view. And today, we're taking our cooperation to new heights. First, we're strengthening our counterterrorism cooperation, including increased U.S. security funding to -- to Central Asia. Second, we're strengthening regional economic connectivity. For example, we're establishing a new business platform to complement our diplomatic engagement and better connect our private sectors for development purposes. 2

Joe Biden

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00:01:02-00:01:26 (24 sec)
And we are -- we are also discussing the potential for a new critical minerals dialogue to strengthen our energy security and supply chains for years to come. And third, we're launching a new initiative on disability rights. And I want to thank you all for your fruitful conversation today, which has already taken place. 3

Joe Biden

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00:01:26-00:01:44 (18 sec)
And I look forward to working with all of you to do even more in the future. I am genuinely looking forward to following up on our -- on this meeting, because we are stronger and I genuinely believe the world is safer when we stand together -- our five nations. 4

Joe Biden

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00:01:44-00:01:52 (8 sec)
So, thank you very, very much for making the effort. And I look forward to seeing you soon, possibly in one of your countries. Thank you. 5