Central Asian Foreign Ministers discuss agenda of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the UNSC
Foreign Ministers of Central Asia discussed the agenda of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship in the UN Security Council, Minister of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov reported after the five-sided meeting in the format “Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Tajikistan-Turkmenistan-Kyrgyzstan” in the capital of Uzbekistan.
As you know, Kazakhstan’s membership in the UN Security Council is of great interest to the fraternal republics and states of Central Asia. The fact is that they have given us tremendous support during the election campaign, and now, when we are part of this body, it is our duty to represent interests of Central Asia there. In this regard, today we continued the tradition that was laid down in September 2016 at the session of the UN General Assembly, when an informal meeting of the foreign ministers took place. This meeting was held on the initiative of Kazakhstan and today was the second informal meeting of the Foreign Ministries of Central Asia, � Abdrakhmanov said.
Today I had the honor to inform our partners and allies on the work that Kazakhstan carried out within the walls of the UN Security Council in the first 100 days of its membership. And, of course, we must compare notes with our partners in the region. The fact is that the Security Council is considering a lot of issues that concern the interests of Central Asia. For example, transnational threats originating from the territory of neighboring Afghanistan. We thoroughly discussed and concluded that it is necessary to involve Afghanistan in the system of world economic relations of our region, continue to actively support them, so that they overcome all the difficulties that are encountered at this stage, � the Minister said.
Kazakhstan will chair the UN Security Council in January 2018, so today we consulted with the Central Asian countries on the agenda of our chairmanship. In particular, to gather open debates at the ministerial level on strengthening security in Central Asia through the prism of the situation in Afghanistan. We received a lot of valuable advice and suggestions from our Central Asian partners. This is indicated by the Head of our State Nursultan Nazarbayev in his political address to members of Security Council in January this year. In which he outlined that one of our priorities is the formation in Central Asia of a zone of peace and security, cooperation and development. Again, today with our colleagues, we discussed how to fill this priority of Kazakhstan’s chairmanship with practical content, � Abdrakhmanov noted.
Recall, Tashkent hosted a regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the CIS, which reviewed 15 documents. Kazakhstan was represented by the Head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Kairat Abdrakhmanov.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan