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AAA  May. 16, 2018 12:23 PM ET
Trump meeting with Uzbekistan president to talk Afghanistan
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President Donald Trump meets Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the Oval Office of the White House, Wednesday, May 16, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(AP) — President Donald Trump is welcoming the president of Uzbekistan to the White House for meetings expected to focus on trade and Afghanistan.

Trump greeted President Shavkat Mirziyoyev (Shuff-KAHT' Meer-zee-YOH'-yef) at the entrance to the West Wing, marking the start of his first visit to the White House.

The two leaders were to hold talks in the Oval Office and then meet for a working lunch.

The Uzbekistan leader came to power in 2016 following the death of the country's longtime autocratic ruler.

The strategically placed country on Afghanistan's northern border provides a crucial supply route for the U.S. forces. The two leaders are expected to discuss Afghanistan, trade and security cooperation.

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Associated Press
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