Ilham Aliyev attends CIS Council of Heads of State meeting
Baku, Azerbaijan, Sept. 16
A regular meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State kicked off in Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan.
President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev attended the meeting, which marked the 25th anniversary of the founding of CIS.
Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev welcomed President Aliyev.
The heads of state posed for photographs.
Atambayev then welcomed other guests who attended the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State. The presidents posed together for photographs.
The CIS Council of Heads of State met in a limited format.
President Ilham Aliyev addressed the meeting.
Then the meeting continued its work in the extended format.
The meeting honored the memory of the late Uzbek President Islam Karimov observing a minute of silence.
Then it was noted that a number of documents on political and humanitarian cooperation, and ensuring security was considered and adopted at the meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State.
Officials of the member countries approved a statement by the heads of state on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the CIS and discussed the issues of bringing the commonwealth into conformity with modern realities in the context of improving effectiveness of activity of statutory and branch bodies of the CIS.
Draft decisions on declaring 2017 the “Year of Family”, 2018 the “Year of Culture” in the CIS, as well as implementation of the interstate program titled “Cultural Capitals of the CIS” in Azerbaijan in 2017 were discussed at the meeting as part of further expansion of humanitarian cooperation.
The meeting also discussed holding a population census in 2020 in the CIS states with an aim to intensify and expand economic cooperation, and develop the interregional cooperation.
Some of the important documents submitted to the CIS Council of Heads of State are aimed at ensuring security and fighting new challenges and threats. For instance, a program was adopted to cooperate in the fight against terrorism and other manifestations of violence in the CIS for 2017-2019.
The heads of state made a decision that the next meeting of the CIS Council of Heads of State will be held in 2017 in Russia.
Then a ceremony of signing the documents took place.