Recent remarks by General Lloyd Austin, Commander of U.S. Central Command, regarding U.S. military collaboration with the Government of Turkmenistan

Delivered before the House Appropriations Committee on March 5, 2015

“Turkmenistan’s humanitarian assistance to Afghanistan and efforts to increase regional economic integration are important to enhancing stability in the Central Asia sub-region. However, Turkmenistan’s declared policy of positive neutrality limits our opportunities for substantive military-to-military collaboration. Engagements in the areas of Caspian Sea security, disaster preparedness, medical services readiness, and professional military education continue; however, they are limited. The Turkmens recently expressed a desire to acquire U.S. military equipment and technology to address threats to their security along their southern border with Afghanistan. We will do what we can to support those requests.”

Read the full speech.