New York, January 19, 2018 – On January 18, 2018, ahead of the UN Security Council meeting on Building regional partnership in Afghanistan and Central Asia as a model to link security and development, a regular meeting of Foreign Ministers of Central Asia – the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, the Republic of Tajikistan, and the Republic of Uzbekistan, took place in New York. Turkmenistan was represented at the meeting by the Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
The Kazakh side thanked its Central Asian colleagues for the support of its activities within the Security Council during 2017. The heads of foreign ministries highly appreciated the work of the Republic of Kazakhstan as the President of the UN Security Council.
A substantive exchange of views on the situation in Central Asia took place at the meeting, the issues of further development of regional cooperation were considered.
The Ministers discussed the calendar of foreign policy events of Central Asian countries for 2018.
Heads of delegations noted that positions of Central Asian countries are close or coincide on many issues of regional and international agenda.
The commitment of all Central Asian states to the development of long-term cooperation with Afghanistan was stressed. Following the meeting, the agreement was reached to intensify the five-sided cooperation in developing joint solutions to regional issues on the basis of constructive dialogue and mutually beneficial cooperation.