A regular meeting of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council was held in Almaty as part of Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the Collective Security Treaty Organization.
Delegations of all CSTO member states presented at the meeting: Minister of Foreign Affairs of Armenia Zohrab Mnatsakanyan, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus Andrei Dapkunas, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Kairat Abdrakhmanov, State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kyrgyzstan Aibek Omokeev, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of Tajikistan Sirojiddin Muhriddin. CSTO Secretary General Yuri Khachaturov also took part in the meeting.
It should be noted that majority of the participants of the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council arrived in Almaty from the city of Qingdao (China), hosting the SCO Summit.
They exchanged views on the international agenda and further development of foreign policy cooperation within the Organization.
Following the results of the meeting of the Council, it allowed the participants to compare the assessments on the current situation and prospects for the development of the situation in Afghanistan. Within the framework of the meeting, the general position was confirmed that the crisis in Syria can be resolved only through political and diplomatic measures. In this regard, the role of the Astana process in stabilizing the situation in Syria was particularly emphasized.
The parties expressed their hope that the upcoming negotiations between the leaders of the United States and North Korea will be an important step in resolving issues related to the DPRK nuclear program, disarmament and non-proliferation in the world.
In addition, the agenda included the issues concerning the development and strengthening of cooperation between the CSTO and international structures. It is symbolic that Kazakhstan's chairmanship in the CSTO coincided with the membership of our country in the UN Security Council. Thus, Kazakhstan is working closely on convergence of work agendas between the two organizations.
In his speech, K. Abdrakhmanov noted that Kazakhstan's chairmanship focused on the implementation of priority areas put forward by President Nursultan Nazarbayev at the jubilee summit in Minsk in November last year.
“They include such topical issues as the development and strengthening of military and military-technical cooperation, Organization's participation in the formation of an international system of global counter-terrorism, the development of joint approaches to counter threats to cybersecurity and the development of concrete measures to combat illicit drug trafficking”, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan said.
Kazakhstan considers it’s necessary to strengthen cooperation of the CSTO with the CIS, CARICC, CICA, other international organizations and structures.
Another important area of cooperation with CSTO partners is the further implementation of the initiative of the President of Kazakhstan to develop a Code of conduct to achieve a world free of terrorism, which is actively promoted in the UN Security Council. The main objectives of this document are to create a broad international coalition of partner countries on counter-terrorism and to achieve a world free of terrorism by 2045.
Special attention of the Foreign Ministers was paid to the issues of further institutional strengthening of the Organization. In particular, the draft Protocol on Amendments to the Agreement on the Legal Status of the Collective Security Treaty Organization was agreed upon.
During the meeting, the parties adopted a joint statement on the 30th anniversary of the entry into force of the Treaty on the Elimination of Medium- and Short-Range Missiles.
“As a party to this historic treaty, Kazakhstan confirms its full commitment to this document and calls on all parties to preserve it and strictly observe it”, K. Abdrakhmanov said.
In general, the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council agreed on a number of practical documents, the most important of which will be submitted for consideration by the Heads of State at the CSTO Summit in Astana this autumn, which will also be chaired by Kazakhstan.
We remind that in May Astana hosted a meeting of the Committee of Secretaries of Security Councils of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSSC CSTO), during which 11 documents were signed.
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