Thursday, October 22, 2015

Turkmenistan, the horrific, brutal US ally gets a cozy meeting with the State Department

By Ben Horton

“Turkmenistan remains one of the world’s most repressive countries,” reports leading rights organization Human Rights Watch. “The country is virtually closed to independent scrutiny, media and religious freedoms are subject to draconian restrictions, and human rights defenders and other activists face the constant threat of government reprisal.”

Despite the country’s horrific human rights record, the U.S. considers Turkmenistan an important ally. The State Department met with a delegation of Turkmen government officials last week, stating that the “United States looks forward to broadening and deepening its relationship with Turkmenistan.”

The meeting was the fourth Annual Bilateral Consultation with Turkmenistan. The department’s official Twitter account shared a photo of Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Nisha Desai Biswal welcoming Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov. It also created a Flickr album with photos from the meeting.

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