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New York Hosts C5+1 Meeting to Address Cooperation between Central Asia and US

Astana – New York hosted a regular C5+1 ministerial meeting on September 22, bringing together foreign ministers from Central Asian countries, including Kazakhstan’s Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tiberdi, and Secretary of State Antony Brinken. rice field. reported the press service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan.

From left to right: Minister Tiberdi, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Jenbek Kurbayev, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Tajik Foreign Minister Siroziddin Muhriddin, Ambassador of Turkmenistan to the US Mered Orazov, Uzbek Minister Vladimir Norov.Photo courtesy: Press Service of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan

Diplomats discussed evolving challenges on the regional agenda and joint efforts to expand trade and economic ties between both countries in the region and the United States. Ministers also welcomed the launch of the C5+1 Virtual Secretariat, designed to provide institutional support and coordinated implementation of the agreement.

Addressing the meeting, Minister Tileuberdi emphasized the importance of strengthening regional dialogue to enhance sustainable development and stability in the region. “Kazakhstan will make every effort to jointly address regional security issues, counter the negative impacts of climate change, make rational use of water resources, promote the economic empowerment of women and the development of human capital. We will make efforts,” he said, proposing to hold the next ministerial meeting in Kazakhstan.

Meanwhile, Kyrgyz Foreign Minister Djembek Kurbayev stressed the need to strengthen regional cooperation, focusing on practical and trade and economic cooperation among Central Asian countries and in relations with the United States. Referring to regional and global agendas, Kurbayev spoke about the devastating impact of sanctions and called for the establishment of dialogue and consultation on sanctions policy among relevant agencies.

“We hope that measures like this will help the international community to prevent a further slowdown in the global economy and a global crisis,” Kurbayev said.

On the same day, Tileuberdi spoke at the annual Ministerial Meeting of the Group of Landlocked Developing Countries (LLDCs) chaired by Kazakhstan, the world’s largest landlocked country, for 2020-2021.

The group, comprising 32 Member States and home to at least 440 million people, discussed ways to accelerate the implementation of the Vienna Plan of Action for 2014-2024 in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Address the special development needs and challenges of landlocked developing countries arising from their landlockedness, remoteness and geographical constraints in a more coherent manner.

Tileuberdi held separate meetings with OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Secretary General Helga Schmidt, Dutch Foreign Minister Wopke Hekstra, Paraguayan Foreign Minister Julio César Ariola and Dominican Foreign Minister Roberto Alvarez Gil. Albanian Minister Orta Shatika and United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Abdullah Al Nahyan. In discussions with the Dominican Republic’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, the two counterparts agreed on an exemption from visa requirements for holders of national passports, as well as diplomatic and service his passports.

Minister Tiberdi has agreed with Orta Jakka of Albania on mutual waivers of visa requirements.

Albania’s Foreign Minister wrote on Twitter: “I am confident that this will contribute to further strengthening bilateral cooperation, freedom of movement and freedom of contact between people.”

An intergovernmental agreement was signed with Paraguay on exemption from visa requirements for holders of diplomatic and service passports.

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