C5 + 1 Dialogue remains an important tool for regional cooperation between Central Asia and the US
NUR-SULTAN, August 21, 2019 - The C5+1 High Level Meeting was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Beibut Atamkulov, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers - the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov, the Foreign Ministers of Kyrgyzstan – Chingiz Aidarbekov, Tajikistan – Sirojiddin Mukhriddin, Uzbekistan – Abdulaziz Kamilov and the US Under Secretary of State, David Hale.
Opening the high-level meeting, the Kazakh Foreign Minister stated that "the First President of Kazakhstan, Elbasy Nursultan Nazarbayev, laid down the fundamental priority of the Central Asian vector in Kazakhstan’s foreign policy”.
According to the Minister, “the inviolable continuity of Elbasy’s vision lies at the heart of the regional strategy of the President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. We are inspired by the ongoing development of regional political, economic and humanitarian cooperation with our neighbors.” Kazakhstan’s interest in the high-quality implementation of all the regional initiatives and agreements reached at the bilateral and multilateral level was also noted.
At the last C5+1 meeting, the parties discussed the further expansion of trade relations, attraction of investment and implementation of multilateral economic projects in the region. The sides expressed great interest in the joint development of the infrastructure and transit and transport capacity of Central Asia.
In the field of security, the participants substantively examined a wide range of challenges and threats, the solution to which requires a regional approach. This includes assistance with Afghanistan’s reconstruction, as well as the exchange of experience in the repatriation and rehabilitation of citizens who returned from the combat zone in Syria and Iraq.
As part of his visit to Nur-Sultan, US Under Secretary of State David Hale met with Prime Minister Askar Mamin, Foreign Minister Atamkulov and the Executive Director of the Fund of the First President of Kazakhstan, Asset Issekeshev, to discuss pressing issues of bilateral and international cooperation between Kazakhstan and the US.
The C5 + 1 format is a multilateral mechanism of interaction between the five countries of Central Asia and the United States. The main topics of the dialogue are issues of economic development, regional cooperation and security. The first meeting with the participation of the foreign ministers of six countries was held in November, 2015, in Samarkand.
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