USAID’S 11th Annual Central Asia Trade Forum Begins Today

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, October 4, 2021 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the eleventh annual  Central Asia Trade Forum , an international event promoting regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia and beyond focused on post-COVID recovery and resilience in the region. This five-day virtual event includes over 80 distinguished speakers from around the world including Central …

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Statement by Secretary Antony J. Blinken on the Occasion of Turkmenistan Independence Day

On behalf of the Government and people of the United States of America, I congratulate the people of Turkmenistan as they celebrate their 30th Independence Day on September 27, 2021. For thirty years, Turkmenistan and the United States have enjoyed a close and productive relationship grounded in support for Turkmenistan’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. …

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Hello Turkmenistan! Congratulations to the people and the government of Turkmenistan on 30 years of independence!

Congratulations to the people and the government of Turkmenistan on 30 years of independence! In honor of this landmark anniversary, the U.S. Embassy produced this video featuring congratulatory messages from Americans who are friends to Turkmenistan and positively contributed to U.S.-Turkmen relations. We hope you enjoy!   Part 1. Hello Turkmenistan! Turkmenistan’s Independence Day 30th …

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USAID Catalyzes the Success of Turkmenistani Startups

August 27, 2021, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the winners of a Startup Ecosystem Program 2021 competition, hosted jointly by the USAID Enriching Youth for Tomorrow activity, the USAID Future Growth Initiative, and the Union of Economists of Turkmenistan. During the three months of the program’s implementation, 127 …

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UTSA and National Department of Protection, Research, and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Sites of Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, August 25, 2021 – Today, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Matthew Klimow and Director of the National Department of Protection, Research, and Restoration of Historical and Cultural Sites of Turkmenistan Dr. Muhammet Mamedov announced the recipient of a new grant from the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) during a ceremony, held online. A joint …

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USAID and IOM Host Youth Forum on World Day against Trafficking in Persons, Giving Youth a Platform to Make their Voices Heard

July 30, 2021, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded regional Social Innovation in Central Asia program implemented by Eurasia Foundation, together with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Turkmenistan hosted a youth forum dedicated to ‘World Day against Trafficking in Persons’ with the participation of 60 young leaders from …

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USAID Launches Regional Water and Environment Program in Turkmenistan

July 15, 2021, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) today inaugurated its Regional Water and Vulnerable Environment program in Turkmenistan. The five-year program covers the five countries of Central Asia and Afghanistan and will strengthen regional cooperation on the management of shared water resources in the Syr Darya and Amu Darya …

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Officials from Across Central Asia Participate in Third U.S. Convened Workshop on Air Quality

May 12, 2021 – On May 6 and 11, 2021 the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA) and the U.S. Embassy in Nur-Sultan convened a C5+1 collaborative workshop on air quality data use and management with Central Asian countries. Participants in the virtual workshop included government representatives for hydrometeorology and air quality monitoring from …

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Attack on Civilians in Afghanistan

Press Statement Ned Price, Department Spokesperson May 8, 2021 The United States condemns the barbarous attack near a girls’ school in Kabul, Afghanistan. We offer our condolences to the victims, many of whom were children, and their families. We call for an immediate end to violence and the senseless targeting of innocent civilians. We will continue to support and partner with the people of Afghanistan, who are …

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U.S. Government Shares Best Practices on the Role of the Business Ombudsman in Protecting Labor and Human Rights in Turkmenistan

May 4, 2021 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Safe Migration in Central Asia activity and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan, conducted the first online discussion on international best practices to introduce a Business Ombudsman in Turkmenistan that …

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USAID Advances Digital Diplomacy in Turkmenistan

April 15, 2021 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Enriching Youth for Tomorrow activity in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) of Turkmenistan commenced a virtual course on digital diplomacy for young officials at the MFA. The course aligns with the MFA’s mandate to increase the number of qualified …

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Nurturing Apple Orchards in Turkmenistan

USAID’s Consulting Services Lead to Double the Yields for Apple Growers Ahal province in central Turkmenistan, is home to the capital city of Ashgabat. The south-center of the country, bordering Iran and Afghanistan along the Kopetdag mountains, produces one-fifth of the country’s agricultural production. Meselli Meselliyev, an experienced orchard keeper, has been working for orchards …

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Helping Women Artisans and Entrepreneurs Expand Digital Trade, USAID Hosts Training

April 12, 2021, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – On April 8-9, the United States, through its Agency for International Development (USAID) hosted a two-day webinar: ‘Women in Crafts: Opportunities for Connectivity and Digital Trade’ for women artisans and handicraft producers across Afghanistan and Central Asia to better understand market demand, identify new markets, and improve product quality. …

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Nowruz Message

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release STATEMENT BY SECRETARY ANTONY J. BLINKEN March 20, 2021 Nowruz Message On behalf of the State Department, I would like to extend my best wishes for a Happy Nowruz to everyone around the world who celebrates this festive occasion: from the people in Iran …

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U.S. Government Promotes Turkmenistan’s Exports by Addressing Labor Rights

March 11, 2021 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Safe Migration in Central Asia, and Future Growth Initiative programs, in partnership with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan conducted a webinar on increasing the export potential of Turkmen enterprises and …

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USAID Celebrates International Women’s Day in Turkmenistan

March 5, 2021 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-supported Enriching Youth for Tomorrow program organized a virtual celebration to recognize the successes of the programs’ female beneficiaries, in honor of the upcoming International Women’s Day on March 8. Participating in the event, U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Matthew Klimow stated, “Gender …

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Helping Dreams Take Flight

Sunday, November 29, 2020 Every child deserves to be a superhero, thought Feruza Pettulayeva. With five nephews, Feruza, CEO and co-founder of the Superkidstm startup knew a thing or two about Batman, Spiderman, and Iron Man. She also knew that learning could be an everyday adventure, and tried to show her nephews that education can …

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USAID’s Tenth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum Goes Virtual

November 16, 2020 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the tenth annual Central Asia Trade Forum , an international event promoting regional trade and connectivity across Central Asia and beyond. This year’s five-day virtual event includes 100 speakers and 4000 registered participants representing 39 countries including the USA, Afghanistan, Georgia, Germany, Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, …

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U.S. Embassy Supports Collaboration Between Turkmen and American Organizations to Preserve Historical Manuscripts

Ashgabat, November 6, 2020 – On November 5 the Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. of the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, Ms. Valerie Chittenden, announced the U.S. Government’s support of a cultural preservation project to protect historical manuscripts in Turkmenistan. During a virtual ceremony hosted by the U.S. Embassy in Turkmenistan, Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. (CDA) Chittenden granted the …

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USAID Empowers Turkmenistan’s Startups to Succeed

October 23, 2020 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced the winners of the three-day Startup Ecosystem Program Competition, held jointly by the USAID Enriching Youth for Tomorrow project, the USAID Future Growth Initiative, and the Union of Economists of Turkmenistan. During four months of the program, 122 young entrepreneurs …

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USAID Raises the Profile of Central Asian Horticulture Exporters

October 20, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has published a detailed Directory of Central Asian Horticulture Exporters (PDF, 6.62 MB) to provide key information on growers to potential buyers around the world. Over 120 horticulture exporters from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan are listed in the catalogue that includes details about their products …

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Statement by Secretary Pompeo on the Occasion of Turkmenistan Independence Day

STATEMENT BY SECRETARY POMPEO Turkmenistan Independence Day September 26, 2020 On behalf of the Government of the United States and the American people, I extend greetings to the people of Turkmenistan as you celebrate the 29th anniversary of your independence. The United States values Turkmenistan as an important partner in advancing regional stability, security, and …

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Dredging Up the Past: A Clean Riverbed is Changing the Lives of Turkmen Farmers

By USAID CENTRAL ASIA SEPTEMBER 14TH, 2020 “When there are floods, we have to build barriers to keep our land safe,” says Ataev Maksat, a 35-year old farmer from Saryyazy, a village in Mary, Turkmenistan. He is a third generation farmer, growing wheat and cotton on his ancestral land. He also raises livestock and tends …

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U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan Appointed to Temporarily Fill High-Level Position in U.S. Department of State

September 4, 2020 Press Section U.S. Embassy Ashgabat FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release Ashgabat, Turkmenistan — U.S. Ambassador to Turkmenistan, Matthew S. Klimow, was selected to temporarily fill a high level position within the U.S. Department of State. He will serve as the acting Inspector General of the Department. In order to fulfill the duties …

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Expanding the Partnership to Eradicate Forced Labor and Global Human Trafficking

August 27, 2020 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Safe Migration in Central Asia program, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Turkmenistan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the Office of the Ombudsman of Turkmenistan held an online webinar on eradicating forced labor and human trafficking under …

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USAID Launched Free Export Advisory Services for Turkmen Horticultural Producers

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 6, 2020 – On July 2, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched a hotline for Turkmen producers of fresh fruits and vegetables to facilitate export of their products. Hosted by the USAID Competitiveness, Trade and Jobs activity in Central Asia, the export advisory hotline will provide essential information about the …

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A Mother, A Teacher, A Trailblazer: Raising the Status of Water Issues and Women in Turkmenistan

“In many cases, women here are homemakers,” says Lyale Orazova, talking about her homeland, Turkmenistan. “Since a woman gives birth to her children, she is responsible for teaching them the ways of our people. It’s the women who teach children that water is special, that it must be valued, and that they need to take …

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Secretary Michael R. Pompeo’s Participation in the Virtual C5+1 High-Level Dialogue

Today, Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo participated in the Virtual C5+1 High-Level Dialogue hosted by Under Secretary for Political Affairs David Hale with the foreign ministers of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Secretary Pompeo reaffirmed the United States’ commitment to the C5+1 diplomatic platform to address shared security interests, including peace …

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The U.S. Supports Turkmenistan’s Response to COVID-19 Prevention Efforts by Providing More Funding for Infection Prevention and Risk Communication

June 1, 2020, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The United States Government through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed an additional $500,000 to support Turkmenistan’s COVID-19 prevention efforts, bringing the total U.S. Government resources made available to all partners in Turkmenistan to $1.42 million. The additional funding will be provided to the United …

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USAID Commits $2 Million to Address the Needs of Central Asian Migrants Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 27, 2020, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – The U.S. Government through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has committed $2 million dollars to protect migrants in Central Asia during the COVID-19 pandemic. This support will be delivered through the ongoing USAID-funded Safe Migration in Central Asia project, implemented by Winrock International. The COVID-19 pandemic has …

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Under Secretary Hale’s Call with Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov of Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, May 1, 2020 – Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs David Hale spoke with Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov of Turkmenistan on April 30 via phone from Washington, D.C. The Under Secretary and the Foreign Minister discussed efforts to address Afghanistan’s food security during the COVID-19 pandemic as well as support to the Afghanistan …

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USAID Launches Future Growth Initiative in Turkmenistan

February 11, 2020 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan – Today, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) officially launched the Future Growth Initiative. Through this program, USAID will support Turkmen enterprises in creating new jobs, improving skills, and increasing sales and exports in targeted sectors, including information and communications technologies, food processing, carpets, and leather and handicraft …

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Secretary Pompeo’s Travel to Ukraine, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Cyprus

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release Statement by Morgan Ortagus, Spokesperson December 30, 2019 Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo will travel to Kyiv, Ukraine; Minsk, Belarus; Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan; Tashkent, Uzbekistan; and Nicosia, Cyprus from January 3-7. Secretary Pompeo will travel to Kyiv on January 3, where he will meet …

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The United States Invests in Turkmenistan’s Water Management

Mary, Turkmenistan, December 10, 2019 – Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s Smart Waters program, implemented by Central Asia Regional Environmental Center (CAREC), in cooperation with the International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS) handed over a 170,000 USD dredger to the State Committee on Water Management in Tashkopri, the south-east settlement …

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“theater simple” represents the United States at the International Festival in Ashgabat

American theater group, “theater simple,” visited Turkmenistan November 17 – 25, 2019, for the 3rd International Theatre Festival organized by the Ministry of Culture of Turkmenistan. Since its foundation in 1990, “theater simple” has received a number of awards, including the Grand Prize at the Adelaide Fringe festival, and entertained audiences both in the United …

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Joint Statement on the Fourth C5+1 Ministerial

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson September 24, 2019 The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan on the occasion of the Fourth C5+1 Ministerial. Begin Text: The Secretary of State of the United States of America, the five Ministry …

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United States Shares Best Practices to Increase Turkmenistan’s Production of High-Value Fruit

Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, July 24, 2019 – On July 24, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan (UoIE) conducted a fruit tree production workshop for orchard owners and agronomists in Ashgabat. During the workshop, USAID’s horticulture advisor shared key techniques and technologies to sustainably maximize production of …

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U.S. Delegation Concludes Annual Bilateral Consultations Midterm Review in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, May 6, 2019 – Mark Moody, Director of the Office of Central Asian Affairs of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, led a U.S. delegation to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, on May 2 to discuss the midterm results of the October 2018 U.S.-Turkmenistan Annual Bilateral Consultations. The fifth Annual Bilateral Consultations took …

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Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad Visits Turkmenistan

Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad traveled to Ashgabat, Turkmenistan on December 11. During the visit, SRAR Khalilzad met with Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov, Minister of National Security Yaylym Berdiyev, and other Government of Turkmenistan officials. They discussed the importance of a regional approach to bringing all Afghan parties to the negotiating table, …

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American Film Experts Present Documentary Films in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, November 14, 2018 – On Sunday, November 18, the U.S. Embassy will sponsor screenings of three critically-acclaimed independent documentary films, at Ashgabat Cinema, followed by a Q&A session with American film experts. Leading up to the event, three American film experts—director James Q. Chan, filmmaker Tim Skousen, and American Film Showcase representative Jennifer Phan—will …

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United States Hosts the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum in Tashkent, Uzbekistan

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, September 20, 2018 – The United States will be holding its flagship international business event, the Eighth Annual Central Asia Trade Forum, in Uzbekistan for the first time. The event, organized by the U.S. Agency for international Development (USAID) and co-hosted by the Ministry for Foreign Trade of the Government of Uzbekistan, will …

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U.S. and U.K. Embassies Hosted Oxford Professor to Discuss Silk Road

Ashgabat, July 6, 2018 – The U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat, in partnership with the Embassy of the United Kingdom, hosted a visit to Ashgabat by Professor Peter Frankopan of Oxford University as part of a program to promote dialogue on the historic legacy of the Silk Road. Dr. Frankopan, Professor of Global History at Oxford …

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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Turkmenistan’s Cultural Heritage

Ashgabat, May 11, 2018 – U.S. Ambassador Allan Mustard will visit Mary province on May 16 to take part in the closing ceremony for restoration and conservation of the Greater and Lesser Gyz Gala monuments in Ancient Merv, supported by the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP). The ceremony will be held at Gyz …

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Bike Diplomacy: U.S. Embassy Promotes Silk Road Connectivity with Bike Trip across Turkmenistan

Ashgabat, March 28, 2018 – Public Diplomacy Officer J.R. deLara will bike across Turkmenistan March 31 – April 12 to demonstrate support for regional connectivity, promote U.S. educational and exchange programs, and learn more about life in Turkmenistan outside the capital. J.R. will depart from Farap on March 31 and expects to reach the Caspian …

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Statement by Deputy Secretary Sullivan on the Occasion of Nowruz

U.S. Department of State Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release March 19, 2018 As spring arrives, I wish the people of Iran and everyone who celebrates this wonderful tradition a happy Nowruz. Today, I offer my best wishes to all of the communities here in the United States, as well as in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, …

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Telephonic Press Briefing with Ambassador Alice Wells, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia

Moderator: Greetings to everyone form the US. Department of State, I’d like to welcome our participants dialing in from across Europe and Central Asia, and thank all of you for joining this discussion. Today we are pleased to be joined from Washington by Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, Ambassador …

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U.S. Embassy Brings American Musicians to Holiday Concert in Ashgabat

Ashgabat, December 22, 2017 – The U.S. Embassy is sponsoring a fourth and final trip by four musicians from the United States to work with the Turkmen National Conservatory, culminating in a joint concert on Saturday, December 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Magtymguly National Music and Drama Theatre. The concert will feature American classics, …

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U.S. Embassy Helps Preserve Traditional Music Recordings for Posterity

Ashgabat, November 29, 2017 – Yesterday U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Kami Witmer celebrated the completion of a joint project with the National Conservatory of Turkmenistan to restore and digitize recordings of traditional Turkmen music. In 2012 the U.S. Embassy in Ashgabat awarded a grant to the National Conservatory to help preserve endangered music for posterity and …

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