A regular C5+1 meeting of Central Asian and USA Foreign Ministers was held with participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov on the eve of an annual Ministerial Meeting of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Germany) opened in Hamburg. Moreover, the head of the Kazakh diplomacy took part in a traditional meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the member states of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO).
Opening the C5+1 meeting, the US Secretary of State John Kerry congratulated the colleagues on the occasion of 25th anniversary of the Kazakhstan’s independence and stressed the importance attached by the American side to cooperation with the region. He emphasized openness of the USA to constructive interaction with all partners of the region and commitment to multilateral partnership vision excluding zero-sum game.
Idrissov stressed Astana’s commitments to enhance comprehensive regional cooperation in Central Asia and noted that it would be a priority for Kazakhstan in the UN Security Council. In this context he agreed with the points made by his American colleague concerning the importance of encouraging constructive partnership in the region and noted the relevance of further consolidation of the C5+1 platform and its synergy with similar interaction forums of Central Asia with other regions, in particular, European Union, Japan and South Korea.
The meeting participants also discussed issues relating to implementation of joint projects in security sphere as well as further development of the dialoge platform. During the discussions of prospects for expanding areas of interaction within C5+1, the meeting participants agreed with special relevance of water and energy issues for the whole region. The American side reaffirmed its readiness to provide technical and expert assistance to Central Asian countries in this direction.
Overall, heads of the foreign agencies expressed their satisfaction with dynamics development of the dialogue platform, highlighting that since the launch of the C5+1 in November 2015 four ministerial meetings have already taken place. Mr. Kerry positively assessed development perspectives of the platform and emphasized his will to elaborate the enforcement of achieved results with new US Administration and to continue the work of the C5+1 format.
During the meeting of the CSTO member-states heads foreign ministers of Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia and Tajikistan approved the Joint Statement on Increasing the Effectiveness of the OSCE within the System of all-European Security.
The document expresses deep concern about the continuing crisis of all-European security system, which is worsened today due to growth of threats from the side of international terrorism and organized crime, migration crisis and threat of further escalation of tensions in the world and in the OSCE area.
The CSTO foreign ministries believe that responses to these challenges have to be found collectively on the basis of dialogue and trust, while the situation in the world proves the importance of building a community of equal and indivisible security, proposed within the OSCE Summit in Astana in 2010.
The statement outlines the need to boost collaboration between regional organizations, in particular, between the OSCE and the CSTO in order to enhance trust and jointly address common threats, security and stability challenges in Eurasia.
Participants of the meeting have also discussed organizational and substantial preparations for the regular session of the CSTO Collective Security Council to be held on December 26 in Saint-Petersburg. In particular, priorities of the Belarusian chairmanship in the CSTO will be presented for the Heads of States during the upcoming meeting.
Source: MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN