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Senior U.S. Adviser Meets With Kyrgyz President In Bishkek

Michael McFaul, special assistant to the U.S. president and senior director for Russian and Central Asian affairs at the National Security Council, speaks at a news conference in Bishkek in May.
BISHKEK -- U.S. President Barack Obama's chief adviser on Russia and Eurasia has met with Kyrgyz officials in Bishkek, RFE/RL's Kyrgyz Service reports.

Michael McFaul, the U.S. special assistant for National Security Affairs and senior director of Russian and Eurasian Affairs, held talks with interim President Roza Otunbaeva to discuss U.S.-Kyrgyz relations.

McFaul delivered a telegram from Obama congratulating Otunbaeva on "the successful holding of the national referendum" on June 27 in which she was overwhelmingly approved by voters as president through 2011.

Otunbaeva and McFaul also discussed the October parliamentary elections, the socioeconomic situation in the country, and the normalization of the situation in southern Kyrgyzstan after last month's deadly ethnic clashes.

McFaul was expected to hold a press conference in Bishkek on July 14.

The visit is McFaul's second to Kyrgyzstan since antigovernment demonstrations in Bishkek toppled former President Kurmanbek Bakiev on April 7.