The Humpty Dumpty Institute, working with the Embassy of Uzbekistan to the United States, brought a delegation from the U.S. Congress to the Republic of Uzbekistan October 4-7, 2021. The delegation was composed of Rep. Don Bacon (R-NE), Rep. Doug Lamborn (R-CO), Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX) and Rep. August Pfluger (R-TX). The purpose of this trip was to allow Members of Congress to better understand the crucial role Uzbekistan plays in maintaining peace and security in Central Asia. The trip also laid the groundwork for robust U.S.-Uzbekistan trade, investment, academic, and cultural engagement.
After arrival in Tashkent, the Members were briefed by senior officials from the U.S. Embassy to Uzbekistan. The U.S. Congressmen then met with Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Khafizovich Kamilov and were received by H.E. Shavkat Mirziyoyev, President of the Republic of Uzbekistan. In addition, the Members were warmly welcomed at the Uzbekistan Parliament, the Oliy Majlis. First Deputy Chairperson Senator Sodyq Safayev, who was instrumental in organizing this delegation, hosted a dinner for the Congressmen at which they were able to explore areas of cooperation and potential with members of the Uzbekistan Parliament.
Congressmen Bacon, Lamborn, Nehls, and Pfluger also visited the historic city of Samarkand, Accompanied by Erkinjon Turdimov, Governor of Samarkand and Senator Ravshanbek Alimov, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Senate. The Members toured the city which is among the oldest continuously inhabited cities in Central Asia. They visited the Registan Complex which was the heart of the ancient city of Samarkand, as well as ancient madrasahs (seats of Islamic learning), and the markets which were a central destination of the Silk Road. A highlight of the visit to Samarkand was to visit the seat of one of the most ancient Jewish communities in the world. HDI’s partner organization From The Depths, working with the Government of Uzbekistan, was instrumental in arranging the visits to the synagogues and Jewish Cemetery in Tashkent.
HDI is honored to be able to arrange programs that foster dialogue and advance U.S. strategic interests. All HDI’s Congressional Programs adhere to regulations set forth by the U.S. House Committee on Ethics and are approved prior to travel. The Congressional Delegation to Uzbekistan was conducted under the authority and regulations of the Mutual Educational and Cultural Exchanges Act of 1961.