Baku, Azerbaijan, Dec. 5
By Seba Aghayeva – Trend:
A regular meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the GUAM (Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Moldova) Organization for Democracy and Economic Development will be held in Hamburg on the sidelines of the 23rd OSCE Ministerial Council (Dec. 8-9), GUAM Secretary General Altay Efendiyev told Trend Dec. 5.
The agenda of OSCE Ministerial Council will include issues of cooperation in the political and economic spheres, in particular, expansion of cooperation in trade, transport, the fight against crime, illegal migration and human trafficking, he said.
Cooperation issues of GUAM with other states and international organizations will be also discussed at the ministerial council, Efendiyev added.
It is also scheduled to hold a meeting in the “GUAM-Japan” format within the framework of the ministerial council, he noted.
The GUAM format was created by the post-Soviet states in 1997 during the summit of heads of states of the European Union in Strasbourg. In 1999, Uzbekistan joined the format and four years later withdrew. In 2006, Ukraine and Azerbaijan announced plans to further increase the GUAM member relations by renaming the organization as GUAM Organization for Democracy and Economic Development and establishing its headquarters in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev.
Azerbaijan assumed the chairmanship in GUAM on January 1, 2016.
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