NEWS AND EVENTS
March 14, 2005
NATO OFFICIAL VISITS UZBEKISTAN
Special Representative of NATO Secretary General to Central Asia and Caucasus Robert Simmons is visiting Uzbekistan.
On Monday, Simmons met the Uzbek senior officials, including representatives of Oliy Majlis, Defense Ministry and Foreign Ministry.
The NATO Secretary General, Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, appointed of Mr Robert F. Simmons Jr. to the position of Secretary General\'s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia in September 2004.
As the Secretary General\'s Special Representative for the Caucasus and Central Asia, Mr. Simmons is responsible for establishing high-level working contacts with regional leaders in order to support NATO\'s objectives. He also offers advice to NATO\'s Partnership for Peace members on the appropriate Partnership instruments that they might use to enhance cooperation with NATO.
Mr. Simmons currently serves as NATO Deputy Assistant Secretary General for Political Affairs and Security Policy, a position which he will retain along with his duties as Special Representative. Prior to joining the NATO International Staff, Mr. Simmons served as Senior Advisor to the United States Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs. He has previously occupied a number of positions in the US Department of State dealing with Eurasian security and arms control policy.
During their Summit in Istanbul in June, NATO Allies agreed to place a special focus on NATO\'s relations with the Caucasus and Central Asia. The Secretary General\'s Special Representative will play a crucial role in the further development of relations with these two strategically important regions.